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WATCH: Awesome ‘leaked’ A Star Wars Story: The Knights of Ren trailer sends internet into confused excitement

January 13th, 2022 by Marc Comments

A new ‘leaked’ trailer has the internet all in a kerfuffle because, well, it looks great and promises an exploration of one of the Star Wars sequels’ most under-developed but potentially amazing characters, The Knights of Ren.

The Knights in the sequels were a group, led by Kylo Ren, who seemed to be be feared across the whole galaxy, although we have no idea why in the actual movie.

However, it seems the group have a legacy that goes well beyond their few moments on screen. I’ll leave it to Wookiepedia to give you the details:

The Knights of Ren were an enclave of masked Force-sensitive warriors that adhered to the ways of the Ren, a religious philosophy epitomized by the lightsaber. A band of marauders from the Unknown Regions, the Knights roamed the galaxy causing wanton destruction. Imbued with the power of the Force, they were devotees of the dark side which they referred to as “the shadow.” In addition to their inherent abilities, the Knights were armed for ranged and close-quarter combat, making them fearsome opponents in battle.

The Knights were active during the Galactic Civil War between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the Galactic Empire. They were one of the few remaining Force-sensitive groups by the time of the Imperial Era, the Empire having purged the galaxy of the Jedi Order and other Force-based organizations. Their leader, a warrior known as “Ren,” personified the Knights’ creed. At one point, they were allied with Lady Qi’ra, the head of Crimson Dawn. As such, the Knights supported her goal of reshaping the power structure of the galaxy by overthrowing Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith and Galactic Emperor.

After the Empire fell, the Knights remained active and continued to traveling across the galaxy, raiding worlds, hunting for artifacts, and searching for prospective recruits during the era of the New Republic. Ben Solo—the nephew and Padawan of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker—destroyed the new generation of Jedi and subsequently joined the Knights by killing Ren. Assuming the new name of Kylo Ren, the fallen Jedi became a warlord of the First Order and the apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke. Under Kylo’s leadership as master of the Knights of Ren, the Knights filled the vacuum caused by the destruction of the Sith. Unlike the Knights who lacked training in the ways of the Force, Kylo was the grandson of the Sith Lord Darth Vader, and therefore, gifted with the raw power of the bloodline. Unbeknownst to him, the Knights’ true loyalty was to Sidious who was secretly resurrected on the planet Exegol.

During the First Order-Resistance War, the Knights of Ren became Kylo’s personal bodyguards after he usurped Snoke’s rule as Supreme Leader. In addition to enforcing Kylo’s reign, they served as trackers during the hunt for Rey, a Jedi apprentice who fought for the Resistance and shared a unique bond with Kylo. Following Ben Solo’s return to the light side of the Force, the Knights confronted their former master during the Battle of Exegol and were slain in battle against him.

The new trailer claims to be a teaser for an upcoming Disney+ series about the Knights, which you can watch below, and is pretty exciting stuff… but, sadly, we feel it’s fan-made. Albeit brilliantly fan-made.

Personally, as much as I loathed the last two movies, I loved some of the characters and would love to see them developed on something like Disney+ and I’d say the Knights of Ren are definitely in that category.

But, no, we don’t think this is real… but we’d be happy to be wrong on this one.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….