Episode 9 filming is now well underway.
Fans are increasingly excited about reports that the first teaser trailer will debut next February at the Super Bowl and keen to see what will happen now that Kylo Ren is the de facto ruler of a galaxy far, far away.
In a major new interview with Vulture, Driver teased Kylo’s future: “We’re working toward something in particular with that character.”
Naturally he declined to reveal any major plot spoilers to but he let slip an eye-opening set detail about working on the final film in the franchise as well as what he finds hardest about playing the fallen Skywalker heir.
A former US marine himself, Driver was promoting his Arts in the Armed Forces nonprofit organisation, which brings theater to military personnel, when he opened up about Episode 9.
The biggest surprise is that he does not view himself as an intense actor, going so far as to reveal the hilarious moments that happen in between takes.
He said: “I’m not a method actor. I like to stay focused on set but it’s not because I have a process that I’m imposing on everybody else. Sometimes you have to be more focused in between scenes because what’s happening is that, on something like Star Wars, it’s pure comedy in between takes.
“It’s stormtroopers running into walls because they can’t see through their helmets. So I don’t know where the intense thing came from.”
However, he is open about his struggle with people only wanting access to him for the Star Wars associations.
He said: “I didn’t used to feel comfortable fundraising. Like, ‘Yeah we’re interested in your mission but could you take a picture with my daughter? She’s a big Star Wars fan and if you do that I’ll give you $100,000.’
“No, I’m not going to take it. Is there nobody that is just philanthropic for the sake of it? Is there always some picture with your kid? I don’t want AITAF things to turn into Star Wars events.
“But then you say, ‘No,’ and you’ve p***ed somebody off. I don’t know that I ever handled that badly; I just took it too personally.”
He also rather naively did not anticiapte justy how famous Star Wars would make him, but he still attributes much of that simply to the way he looks.
Driver said: “I was aware that more people would see it than see most things I do, but I don’t think I could have anticipated how often I’d get recognized because it’s so different for every person. I’m very tall and I look a certain way. I can’t blend into a crowd.”
Either way, Driver has at least another 14 months to get more comfortable with it all, before Star Wars 9 finally hits cinemas next December.