J.J. Abrams Reveals Inspiration for The First Order from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain details emerge

After the double whammy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers revealed last weekEmpire is back with some new details on the villains in the upcoming film which feature an interesting inspiration. Speaking about “The First Order,” director J.J. Abrams had this to say:

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’ What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

It was previously revealed that Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is a member of a group titled “The Knights of Ren,” and Abrams also confirmed that this means he’s also not a member of the Sith.

“Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” Abrams said. “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.” Andy Serkis is doing the motion capture and voice for Snoke.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.

Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou, the J.J. Abrams-directed film will debut in theaters on December 18, 2015.

It will be followed on December 16, 2016 by Star Wars Anthology: Rogue OneStar Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo anthology movie on May 25, 2018. No release dates have been announced for Star Wars: Episode IX and the third anthology movie.