Kylo Ren’s devastating Star Wars force powers are made from the sound of a cat purring

Bet that’s given you paws for thought


Following the surprise reveals of cameos by Daniel Craig, Ewan MacGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and even Franz Oz’s Yoda in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most shocking hidden guest role yet has been revealed – a cat whose purr was used to give voice to Kylo Ren’s force abilities.


“The Kylo Ren Force rumble — the really chunky and animalistic rumble — is my cat’s purring,” revealed supervising sound editor and sound designer David Acord.

“It’s heavily pitched and slowed version of my cat’s purr that becomes Kylo’s Force rumble.”

In other words, every time Adam Driver’s fallen Jedi tapped into the Dark Side to crush the spirits of his enemies, he was really just invoking the might of a little kitty cat. And the sneaky sound references don’t stop there, as Acord went on to explain.

“There’s some other cool things like when the rathtar is rolling down the hallway after Han and Chewie,” he told Nerdist.

“I put in the sound of Ben Burtt’s boulder roll sound from Raiders of the Lost Ark when the boulder is chasing Indy.”

Sounds like another purr-fect decision from the sound team.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in cinemas now