There's something brewing on the dark side of the Force as Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker fans get their best look yet at the ominous Knights of Ren.
While the masked companions of Adam Driver's Kylo Ren were briefly glimpsed during a flashback in J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they were noticeably absent in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now, as Abrams returns to direct the final chapter of the current Star Wars trilogy, it looks like he'll be picking up the dangling plot thread.
Empire shared the exclusive look at the Knights of Ren and gives a closeup of the shady organization. The November issue of the magazine includes the brooding photo and promises to be jam-packed with details about what to expect from The Rise of the Skywalker. Little is known about the Knights of Ren, other than the fact that they identify as neither Jedi or Sith Lords and rose to power after the fall of the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi.
The Knights of Ren are tied to the history of Kylo Ren and will likely fill in the blanks regarding his turn from Ben Solo to the villain we know today. Behind the scenes, it was revealed that the Knights of Ren are based on a rejected design for Kylo Ren. Hence, why they have similar battle armor to their master.
Why the Knights of Ren aren't by Kylo Ren's side by the time the story reaches The Force Awakens will possibly be explained in The Rise of the Skywalker. Though, given there with so many other stories to tell and character arcs to round off, it is unclear if the Knights of Ren will have a starring role in the sci-fi sequel. In fact, Johnson said an already full story for The Last Jedi was the exact reason the Knights of Ren weren't in his movie.
Abrams previously explained there is a backstory to the Knights, but has yet to expand on it. What part the Knight of Ren will play in The Rise of the Skywalker remains to be seen.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.