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John Mayer’s #KyloRenChallenge is already the best meme of 2018

As it appears, John Mayer isn’t only a talented musician, he’s also a great cosplayer – a Star Wars cosplayer, to be exact.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter has helped spark 2018’s first trend after he posted a half-naked selfie of himself wearing only high-waisted trousers. He captioned it: #KyloRenChallenge.

The challenge, of course, refers to that hilarious scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi wherein Kylo and Rey are ‘Force-Skyping’, and the villain is seen topless – as if he’d just come out of the shower.

Now thanks to Mayer, everyone is getting in on the act.

Whilst Mayer can be credited with helping popularise the trend, the first #KyloRenChallenge post online appeared to come from Instagram user @lazar0d1az.

If you’re wondering why director Rian Johnson went with the creative decision to show partial nudity in a film franchise that rarely shows any skin (with the exception of Princess Leia in her gold bikini), he did so to give the audience a visual cue.

“That was important to establish what she was actually seeing,” said co-sound supervisors Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce.

“Was she hearing his voice or seeing his face or just his eyes? And so that [shirtless] scene is to inform the audience: ‘Oh, she can see his body.’ It’s also good humour.”