From the uniforms to the tyrannical tactics, the ranks of the evil Star Wars Empire have always had a touch of the Third Reich about them – but now director JJ Abrams has revealed that villains The First Order in upcoming sequel the Force Awakens are even more directly inspired by the Nazis.
“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?” Abrams told Empire magazine.
“What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”
Sounds like the First Order don’t have the cuddliest plans for the universe then – but what exactly was the Empire’s unfinished work? Conquering the galaxy always seemed to be their main aim, but were there other dastardly plans we didn’t even hear about in the original trilogy? Hmm…
In other baddie news, Abrams also discussed Adam Driver’s villainous character Kylo Ren, who despite his adoption of the classic red lightsaber/black cloak look apparently isn’t one of the anti-Jedi Sith Order seen in the prequel trilogy (prominent members including Darth Vader and Christopher Lee’s Count Dooku). So what gives?
“Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” Abrams said. “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”
Snoke, in case you had forgotten, is a motion-capture character played by Andy Serkis who it seems is actually the major player in the next film – so could he be the real Sith? Is Kylo Ren a Sith-in-training still? Or has the entire idea of the Sith order been consigned to the scrapheap, with the films just featuring bad people who happen to be handy with the Force and/or lightsabers? And does that mean Kylo Ren actually has a good side?
For answers to these, as with all our other burning Star Wars questions, we must wait. December 15th cannot get here fast enough.