Coming off a jarring number of loving and adoring fans at Star Wars Celebration, The Last Jedi director has found himself having to defend himself for what he thought was a minor alteration.
In the week since The Last Jedi’s trailer made its debut at Celebration, Star Wars devotees have torn it apart frame-by-frame to see if there are any clues hidden within. One of the lesser important details fans managed to dig up was the realization that the scar Kylo Ren sports on his face from his battle with Rey in The Force Awakens has been slightly moved.
As seen in the GIF and images being compared below, Kylo Ren’s scar has definitely moved. The former version was a little higher up on the left side of Kylo Ren’s face, while the new version is slightly lower and to the right.
Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi
Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens
Why is this a big deal? The short and easy answer is that a large faction of Star Wars fans are also dedicated cosplayers. In order for the continuity to make sense, the scar needs to be in the exact same place. Otherwise, some will be cosplaying as Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens while others may be cosplaying the version from from The Last Jedi.
Although it’s not immediately noticeable, Star Wars fans did pick up on it. Almost immediately after, a number of fans began tweeting at director Rian Johnson with questions over whether or not the move has a significant reason in the film, and if not, why did he make the decision to do so in the first place? In the midst of all the drama, there were a couple of Star Wars fans who managed to find the humor in the absurdity of it all.
Whoever directs episode 9 needs to move Kylo Ren's scar to different parts of his face in each scene.#TheLastJedi— James Marsh (@jamesmarsh83) April 20, 2017
Are people REALLY that concerned about Kylo Ren's slightly adjusted scar?! Even if it was deliberate, scars do move in real life too.— Sean C. Duregger (@seanCduregger) April 20, 2017
When Johnson was first asked about the scar on Monday, he denied that it had moved at all. After persistent questioning from fans, many of whom included side-by-side comparisons to illustrate their evidence, Johnson finally admitted on Wednesday that he decided to move the scar for one very important aesthetic reason.
@origonalname113 @mutlubulutlar @StarWarsNewsNet @TheLastKylo It was my decision to slightly adjust it, and that was my justification. It honestly looked goofy running straight up the bridge of his nose— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) April 19, 2017
Johnson’s comments only seemed to create more controversy within a tiny part of the community who argued that although the scar was still technically there, it wouldn’t be Kylo Ren’s scar. Johnson seems to have moved away from the issue, however, ignoring new tweets addressing him and the controversial decision.
As far as Star Wars canon goes, the slight readjustment of a scar probably isn’t that big of a deal. With more trailers and teasers expect to be released in the coming months leading up to the film’s release, fans should probably expect this scar issue to resurface a few more times.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on Dec. 15.