Adam Driver says he isn't averse to reprising his role as Kylo Ren (A.K.A. Ben Solo) in the Star Wars universe. Driver first debuted in the series in 2015's The Force Awakens as the fallen child of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Reception to the Star Wars sequel trilogy has been tepid at best, though Driver's portrayal of Ben is nearly unanimously praised as one of the best of the series. Despite the character's beloved reception, he was killed off in the final installment of the trilogy, 2019's The Rise of Skywalker, after sacrificing himself to bring Rey (Daisy Ridley) back from death.

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Ben's somewhat anticlimactic death caused backlash from fans who felt that there was still more of the character's story left to tell. Others felt that Ben sacrificing himself to save someone he loved was too much of a retread of Darth Vader's arc in 1983's Return of the Jedi. Either way, reactions to the conclusion of the character's arc have proved to be divisive at best. However, thanks to the Star Wars franchise's capricious attitude toward character deaths, there are still several potential avenues for Ben to return post-The Rise of Skywalker if Disney chooses to pursue them (e.g. returning as a Force spirit a la Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda).

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Driver himself seems to acknowledge as much. In a recent interview with UNILAD, the 38-year old actor said that he's "totally not against" returning to Star Wars. Driver emphasizes that he most values "working with great filmmakers" over any other aspect of the job; he doesn't necessarily factor in the scale or visibility of a given project as long as he's working with filmmakers who meet his standards. Check out the actor's full statements below:

No, I’m totally not against it. For me, it’s a filmmaker’s medium, so my only thing is working with great filmmakers. Whatever the size… it’s never been interesting to me, to an extent. There’s interesting things about working on both. I always just follow people I’d be interested in working with, and whether I’d be right for the part – things like that. No, definitely not averse.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren

Plans for Star Wars stories set post-The Rise of Skywalker are a closely guarded mystery. Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron film was rumored to take place following the events of the sequel trilogy, though sources recently reported that the project is shelved due to creative differences. It seems that the studio is more intent on fleshing out their streaming shows for the time being to create some distance from the divisive reactions to the sequel trilogy.

Driver was without a doubt one of the strongest aspects of Disney's sequel trilogy. His return to the Star Wars franchise would surely drum up a significant amount of interest in whatever his next outing would be, regardless of the project's premise. Hopefully, Disney takes note of the character's popularity and considers future stories that will take full advantage of Driver's impeccable acting sensibilities.

More: Star Wars: Why Luke, Han & Leia All Had To Die For Kylo Ren's Redemption

Source: UNILAD

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