Vanity Fair just gave us all non-fashionable followers a reason to drop precious beer money on their magazine.

After all, this latest issue was all about the new Star Wars movie. But the best reveal the magazine had to offer was that one of the movie’s villains will be none other than freakin’ Adam Driver.

It’s not breaking news that Driver, well-known for his role in Girls, was set to be in The Force Awakens. But thanks to classic J.J. Abrams secrecy, there was a lot of speculation as to what mysterious character he will play.

Because of Vanity Fair, we’ve learned that his role will be none other than the now infamous dude with the red three-pronged lightsaber. According to the photo’s caption, Kylo Ren “commands snow troopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base.”

From the trailer alone, Driver’s general ominousness just screamed “bad guy.”

Despite the actor’s growing success, it was easy to be skeptical of his casting for Star Wars. Any fan of Adam Driver knows that his wholly unique look and voice make him so synonymous with his character on Girls.

I mean, they’re even both named Adam. But as far as unique-looking actors who can chameleon into different roles go, the former marine-turned-actor is quickly proving to be the American equivalent of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Not to mention, his career has been moving up about as rapidly as Cumberbatch’s as well.


Adam Driver in “Girls“, “Inside Llewyn Davis“, and “Lincoln

While he’s still most recognized from his role in Girls, he’s since moved up and away from the show. And, from TV in general.

In 2012, he was in Spielberg’s historical biopic Lincoln – which featured about a dozen more unexpected cameos.

In 2013, he acted along fellow Force Awakens star Oscar Isaac in the Coen Brothers’ melancholy Inside Llewyn Davis. 

This past year, he starred in This is Where I Leave You, alongside a star-studded cast that included Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.

Now he’s set to play the bad guy in one of 2015’s most anticipated blockbuster sequels. Not a bad career incline.

Whether you’re keeping an eye on him because you want to know more about his Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, or because you think he’s as weirdly attractive as I do, it won’t be long until everybody knows the name Adam Driver.