Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in Star Wars The Last Jedi

A new still image from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teases a precarious situation for Kylo Ren and the First Order.

The latest image released by Empire brings an inside look at some possible experimentation by an unmasked Kylo and the First Order. The image features a blast of some kind happening off-screen that has knocked the entire fleet of nearby Stormtroopers on their backs. Kylo – holding his newly reforged helmet in his right hand – appears to be using the Force to hold himself upright. As for the cause of their positions, it’s possible that it’s part of the First Order’s tests on a new super-weapon.

The article the image accompanies features a quote regarding Kylo’s mask from The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio. “When ren takes off his makes, there’s a nakedness about him with Rey that he doesn’t express to anyone else.” That being said, it remains to be seen if Rey is involved in this particular scene.

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.

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