WookieeLeaks: ‘Star Wars’ Toys Reveal Kylo Ren’s Voice
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From The Force Awakens, to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, listen to Kylo Ren’s voice for the first time, read a new interview with J.J. Abrams, and check out a new purse shaped like BB-8.
So This is What Kylo Ren Sounds Like in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The masked and mysterious Kylo Ren has been totally silent in every trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens so far. He’s an enigma — we don’t know his real name and outside of one photo, we haven’t seen him without his mask. We know he’s a Sith admirer (but not a Sith) and a huge Darth Vader fanboy. We also know that his crazy hilted lightsaber is a custom creation. We know that he’s played by Adam Driver. Without delving into internet spoilers and speculation, that’s about it.
We doubt that certain parties in Lucasfilm are happy that the grand debut of this character’s voice comes from a doll that talks when you press its chest, but these things happen. In the video below, you can listen to a talking Kylo Ren utter nine out-of-context phrases. They also did a video for the talking Finn doll, but it’s not nearly as interesting (outside of the revelation that the British John Boyega has gone American for the part).
And he sounds like Adam Driver! Well, Adam Driver with a slight robotic tinge. First of all, we’re grateful that no one forced him to put on an accent or do a silly voice. He’s a fine actor and his natural, deep tone sounds great coming out from behind that mask. Secondly, by speaking in his own normal voice, Driver has become the extremely rare American-accented Star Wars villain. Domhnall Gleason and Gwendoline Christie will surely provide that Peter Cushing-inspired brand of Eurotrash moustache-twirling that this series loves so much, so we appreciate the variety.
Now we’re going to parse those lines one by one and see if they gel with any spoilers lurking around the internet. So this is your spoiler warning. Spoilers! Scroll down to the next section if this bothers you in any way. We don’t blame you.
Here we go!
“I've been waiting for this for a long time.”
This could very well come from the third act of the film, where Kylo Ren faces off against Han Solo. Since everyone has already assumed that Kylo is the gone-astray son of Han and Leia Organa, this line could make a lot of sense. He hasn’t seen dear old dad in some time and their reunion won’t end peacefully.
“Is it true...you're just a scavenger?”
This line is certainly directed at Daisy Ridley’s Rey, probably after he’s super-impressed that this desert scavenger is a capable warrior (and maybe even a Jedi, given the right training).
“Don't be afraid.”
“I feel it too.”
Remember how Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke trailer voice over asks someone if they can feel an awakening? You know, the dark side and the light? This is probably the in-movie answer to that question.
“You know what I've come for.”
An early scene of The Force Awakens is reportedly a raid on a small village, where Kylo Ren interrogates the local leader (possibly played by Max von Sydow) while searching for an artifact. This line could come from that scene.
“Don't fight it...you know you can't.”
This is the kind of thing you say to someone when they’re either having a crisis of Force alignment conscious or if they’re struggling against your Force chokehold.
“I'm immune to the light.”
Dude wears all black for a reason. He takes this Sith-worship thing seriously.
“That weapon is mine.”
He’s most likely talking about Luke Skywalker’s long lost lightsaber, which will drive the plot of the film. Maybe he’s saying this to Finn as they duel in the snow.
“Together, we will destroy the Resistance and the last Jedi.”
Kylo Ren could be trying to convince one of our heroes to join his cause, but he could as easily be having a friendly chat with General Hux. We imagine that the First Order leaders aren’t big on small talk. This is their small talk.
Before we move on to other subjects, Hot Toys has revealed their Kylo Ren figure and it’s as impressive as the rest of their work. It’s also going to be about as expensive, so start saving now.
The Creators Talk
Are you overwhelmed with toy news? Good. We are, too. Instead, turn your attention to this solid interview with J.J. Abrams, where he discusses the responsibilities of making a Star Wars movie. You’ve got to keep your inner fan under control and make the right movie:
That was a constant in the production of the movie: moments where we would all look around and realize what we were doing and gasp a little bit and then dive back in. When you’re on the set of the Millennium Falcon or staring into the eyes of C3PO giving direction, it’s pretty easy to have that fanatic part of you bubble up. But our job was to be there to tell this story, not to be a fanboy.
He also chatted about creating a story set decades after Return of the Jedi and how the new timeframe would impact iconic characters:
[Kathleen Kennedy] and I were talking about what this world would be, this universe, nearly 40 years after Episode Six and the idea that these characters would have lived on. And yet there would have been this new generation that may not know at all who these characters were, or had heard of them but not necessarily believed that they were real. It felt like such fertile ground.
Meanwhile, over in TV land, Star Wars Rebels mastermind Dave Filoni dove into season two detail in a new video, which also includes concept and art and what-not. Give it a watch below, if that’s your thing.
Nifty Fanmade Thing-a-ma-bobs
Are you ready for a fan film starring an inexplicably alive and un-aged Boba Fett set in the Force Awakens timeline? The awkwardly titled Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology is on the way, if that’s your thing. Here’s the description of the project, straight from director Eric Demeusy’s YouTube page:
After being trapped for 30 years in the Great Pit of Carkoon, infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett makes a death defying escape and finds himself fighting alongside the Rebellion to establish a New Republic.
And here’s a trailer for the still-in-production project. Lucasfilm’s Boba Fett spin-off movie may be spiraling through development hell after the departure of director Josh Trank, but where there are Star Wars fans, there are Boba Fett fan films:
Elsewhere, someone took those leaked Mark Hamill set photos and whipped up an action figure prototype of old Luke Skywalker. It’s impressive work, but click at your own spoilery peril.
Today in “They’ll Put Star Wars on Anything”
Who needs toys and LEGOs when there are Star Wars soup and Spaghettios cans? All of the fun at a fraction of the cost! Just be careful, collectors – some of these cans are Target exclusives. You better act quick if you want the complete set to join those Phantom Menace Pepsi cans you have stored in your closet.
When you’re not eating soup that happens to have Chewbacca on the label, you can showcase your fandom with BB-8 and Captain Phasma purses. Between this and that Star Wars cosmetic line that was revealed a few months back, Disney seems to betting big on this series’ growing popularity with people who aren’t men in their 40’s. And honestly, the world is a better place for that.