In May 2015, this shot of Kylo Ren flanked by two snowtroopers was released in Vanity Fair:

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The caption read:

Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base.

As far as I recall, there is no such scene in The Force Awakens. (Kylo removes his helmet exactly twice, and neither instance involves a scene like the one above.)

What is going on in this scene, and at what point in the film would it have appeared? Why was it excluded? Or was it purely a promotional shot?

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    Seems to me like Mr. Ren doesn't even fit in the photo. Dec 24, 2015 at 5:22
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    And what are those things in the background that look like streetlights?
    – aroth
    Dec 24, 2015 at 5:23
  • Hmm, maybe it's a deleted scene. Just like this image
    – RedCaio
    Dec 24, 2015 at 5:37
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    Am I the only one who thinks this is photoshopped (or whatever high-tech film version is)? STs in background are all hazy, and Ren is sharp and in focus. If i had to guess, his image was layered on ice background. Dec 24, 2015 at 6:45
  • @dvk That image came out before teh film way before. I remember seeing it after the first two trailers. Interstingly there that is the new snow trooper design and we also never see them in the film in that pose.
    – Thomas
    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:50

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The image you have shown is not a movie still, nor is it a scene in the movie. It is, instead, an image credited to American portrait photographer Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz from an on-set Vanity Fair photo-shoot.

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