SALT LAKE CITY — Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak shared a picture of the original concept art for Kylo Ren for “The Force Awakens,” and it looks nothing like him or Adam Driver.
The photo, which you can see below, shows a scary-looking character with pale skin, dead eyes and a heavy helmet and cloak.
In Szostak’s tweet, he quoted design supervisor Christian Alzmann, who said the picture was a “very early Jedi Killer/Kylo concept. Wasn’t used in #StarWars : #TheForceAwakens but ended up being the inspiration for the Fifth Brother in #StarWarsRebels.”
“Very early Jedi Killer/Kylo concept. Wasn’t used in #StarWars : #TheForceAwakens but ended up being the inspiration for the Fifth Brother in #StarWarsRebels.” - design supervisor Christian Alzmannhttps://t.co/0ZTQsXDvZl pic.twitter.com/mjN4ShI23J— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) August 18, 2019
Indeed, the Fifth Brother in “Star Wars Rebels” looks eerily similar to this concept design. The Fifth Brother is a gray-skinned humanoid who worked with Darth Vader to hunt down the Rebellion in the years after the formation of the Empire.
We’ve seen other early concepts of Kylo Ren in the past.
And, as I wrote for the Deseret News, we’ve also seen the early concept art for Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, which actually would have impacted the end of “Force Awakens.” The lightsaber was intended to be double-bladed with a blue and red side. By the end of the film, it would have only glowed red, indicating that Ren had joined the dark side.
More details about the early days of Kylo Ren will be released in December with the Marvel comic “The Rise of Kylo Ren,” which will be released right before “Rise of Skywalker.”
Kylo Ren will also appear in the upcoming season of “Star Wars Resistance.”