Why General Hux And Kylo Ren Will Be At Odds In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Kylo and Hux in a promo image for The Last Jedi

With Justice League in the rear view, there is one more major blockbuster set to arrive before 2017 ends. Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to arrive this month, continuing the main narrative of the Star Wars franchise following J.J. Abrams' Force Awakens. While generations of fans are eager to see Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker and the trio of new heroes return to the silver screen, the villains are set to return and continue their stories as well. Kylo Ren and General Hux made up the biggest villains in the last film, and now we know what to expect from the duo's rivalry. Actor Domhnall Gleeson recently teased this, saying:

Because of what happened in the first film, he's been pushed to a place where his position is in real jeopardy, and people make really bad decisions when they get desperate. Hux and Kylo Ren are vying for power and for Snoke's attention. They're both contenders for the throne and Hux is hoping Ren explodes, so that he can take up the mantle. He knows it will be a battle otherwise, one he may very well lose.

It looks like it's not all peaches and cream over at The First Order. General Hux and Kylo Ren suffered a major loss during The Force Awakens, as Starkiller Base was destroyed by the Resistance, with the help of Finn and Han Solo. And with Snoke appearing in the flesh to sort things out in the sequel, the competition for their master's approval will reach a fever pitch.

Domhnall Gleeson comments to Empire seem to tease big things for his character in The Last Jedi. Hux's instability was seen a few times in The Force Awakens, especially during his passionate and Hitler-esque speech on Starkiller Base to the First Order troops. And when he and Kylo Ren spoke to a giant hologram of Snoke, the two began to quarrel and place blame about the various missteps they'd already had. And thing will only get worse in the wake of the destruction of the First Order's super weapon.

It should be interesting to see exactly what bad decisions General Hux makes during the events of The Last Jedi. In the recent trailers, we see footage of Kylo Ren in his custom Tie Fighter, seemingly grappling with the decision of whether or not to attack General Leia. Hux; however, hasn't been especially featured in the footage that was been released, although the franchise is known for its misleading trailers and keeping the overall plot of its films under wraps. So we'll just have to wait and see when The Last Jedi finally arrives in theaters.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters on December 15th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.