For over a year we have been wondering what kind of role Andy Serkis would be playing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It has finally been revealed.
On the official Star Wars website, photographer Annie Leibovitz, who previously photographed the cast for Vanity Fair, gave an interview in which the biggest piece of new information was the role that Serkis will be playing.
Serkis’ character’s name is Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character was done with motion capture as you can see here:
Before seeing this picture of Andy Serkis in his motion capture gear, the only thing we really knew of his character Supreme Leader Snoke was what we got from his ominous words in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. “There has been an awakening,” Serkis as Snoke said. “Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.”
By those words, we know that Snoke is very familiar with the Force. To be precise, we know that he at least knows of, and can probably feel, both sides of the Force, the light and dark sides. This isn’t certain, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if this means that he’s a Sith, or at minimum a Jedi gone bad. It could even mean that he’s one of the big bads of the new trilogy. Could he be the new Palpatine?
Other than that, we currently don’t know much about Snoke. What does Snoke mean? What is he Supreme Leader of? Who exactly was he talking to in that first trailer?
It’s interesting to find out that Serkis’ character will be motion capture. That’s what he’s known for, of course, after his amazing work in the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes films, but it wasn’t certain yet. He could have easily played a live action character, like he’s doing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.