Adam Driver Rules Out ‘Star Wars’ Return

Adam Driver, known for his portrayal of Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, has confirmed that he will not be returning to the franchise.

In a recent appearance on the SmartLess podcast, Driver clarified his position on future Star Wars projects, stating, “They’re doing stuff, but not with me. I’m not doing any more.” He also confirmed the question (“You’re done because the character’s done?”) with a simple “yes”.

This confirmation comes amidst speculation about his involvement in upcoming Star Wars content, particularly in light of Daisy Ridley’s return as Rey.

Driver’s decision stems from the narrative closure of his character who died in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In the film, Kylo Ren, also known as Ben Solo, sacrifices himself to save Rey, marking a definitive end to his arc. This conclusion differs significantly from the original plan for the character, which envisioned Kylo Ren descending deeper into villainy.

While Driver is stepping away from the Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm continues to expand the saga. Upcoming projects include a Dawn of the Jedi film by Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director James Mangold and a New Republic-era film by The Mandalorian’s Dave Filoni. Ridley’s involvement in a new Jedi Order movie further fuels anticipation for the next phase of Star Wars storytelling.

Driver’s recent statement puts to rest rumours of his participation in future Star Wars films. His comments highlight the finality of Kylo Ren’s journey, despite the franchise’s history of resurrecting characters, such as Emperor Palpatine’s return in The Rise of Skywalker. While the possibility of misleading statements in franchise filmmaking exists, Driver’s clear stance suggests that Kylo Ren’s story has truly concluded.