Star Wars Director Shawn Levy Avoids Question About Adam Driver's Kylo Ren Appearing in His Movie
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Speaking with Variety, the acclaimed director was asked if Driver might reprise his role from the Star Wars sequel trilogy as Kylo Ren in his Star Wars movie, which would get around the character's death by being set before 2015's The Force Awakens. "Your words, not mine!" Levy exclaimed. The director then coyly added, "As you know Adam is a buddy, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Kylo Ren. But no comment."
Driver first appeared as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, reprising the role in the sequels Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Kylo Ren, born Ben Solo, is the only child of Han Solo and Princess Leia. He was initially trained as a Jedi by his uncle Luke Skywalker before being seduced to the dark side of the Force. Driver's Kylo Ren serves as an adversary and romantic interest for Daisy Ridley's Rey in all three sequel trilogy films. In The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo sacrifices himself to help Rey defeat Emperor Palpatine, who has somehow returned after his apparent death in Return of the Jedi.
Shawn Levy Knows What a Privilege It Is to Join Star Wars
Levy's mystery Star Wars film was announced in November 2022, with the director expected to begin working on the project following his commitments to Marvel Studios' Deadpool 3 and the fifth and final season of Netflix's Stranger Things. The director, whose credits include The Adam Project and Free Guy, previously revealed that he was "putting everything" he had into his Star Wars movie, explaining, "I love that world, and it is a privilege to get to join that galaxy."
Shawn Levy Might Direct Another Marvel Movie
Levy is currently halfway through filming Deadpool 3, which has had its production halted due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. The upcoming threequel will mark the return of both Ryan Reynolds' titular Merc with a Mouth and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, bringing both fan-favorite heroes into the official Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.
So far, Levy has had nothing but positive things to say about working for Marvel, leading to rumors that the director might sign on for another upcoming MCU project, particularly Avengers: Secret Wars. There have been reports stating he is in the running to direct the upcoming crossover movie, which will serve as the conclusion of the MCU's Multiverse Saga. Levy has even responded to the rumors, coyly saying during a recent interview, "I read that rumor, and that’s all I’m gonna say."
Levy's Star Wars movie does not have a release date.