In the lieu of discussing a plot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we will continue to keep digging deeper on Kylo Ren’s distinctive new lightsaber (I’m getting flashbacks to 1999 when our minds were blown by Darth Maul’s dual-bladed lightsaber). Some have taken issue with its construction, and while its hilt may be getting a lot of attention, that’s not the only thing that’s different.
In a New Yorker profile piece [via THR], Apple designer Jony Ive—who created the look of iPhone, iPad and iOS 7—said director J.J. Abrams consulted him on the new lightsaber. Ive noted that while he didn’t come up with the cross-blades, he did suggest that “it would be interesting it if were less precise and just a little bit more spitty,” which is a good idea for a Sith lightsaber. Ive explained that the lightsaber should be “more analog and more primitive and I think in that way, somehow more ominous.” I agree the Sith should be more ragged, especially if you’re looking at Kylo Ren, who’s wearing a ratty robe.
Also, as THR points out, if the Sith now have a more “analog” lightsaber that’s rougher around the edges, does that mean that the Jedi design will be more refined, or will it be the traditional design we all know and love?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18th, and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.
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