Did you know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren used to be a National Geographic photographer? Okay, not really. But kind of.
Bokeh points out that Adam Driver, the actor who played Kylo Ren, starred as National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan in a major motion picture just 2 years earlier, in 2013. The movie was Tracks, a 2013 Australian drama film about Robyn Davidson’s 9-month, 1,700 mile trek across the Australian desert, an epic journey that was documented by Smolan in photos.
Here are the official trailer and featurette:
As you can see, Kylo had a Nikon SLR camera in hand before he turned to the dark side and picked up a lightsaber instead.
The real Rick Smolan was pretty amused by this evil transformation as well:
— ricksmolan (@ricksmolan) December 23, 2015
With the way the media industry has been treating photojournalists lately, it wouldn’t surprise us if more photographers began turning to the dark side…
Image credits: Header photos by See-Saw Films and Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, and still frames by See-Saw Films and The Weinstein Company