Marine Infantryman Plays Villain In New Star Wars

first published on December 16, 2015 by

Former Marine Corps mortarman Lance Cpl. Adam Driver will be playing the evil Kylo Ren, a red cross-handguarded lightsaber-wielding villain in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, according to Task & Purpose.

Driver spent two years in the Corps, serving as an 81mm mortar maggot with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. His military career was ended prematurely, however, after he sustained a broken sternum in a mountain biking accident. The injured Marine watched his unit deploy to Iraq without him and described the disappointing event as “painful” in an interview with GQ.

Kylo Ren, the villain character played by Driver, is a powerful follower of the dark side of the Force. He aspires to be like the fallen Darth Vader in appearance, personality, and mission to destroy the Resistance forces and the Jedi.

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