With Star Wars The Force Awakens so under wraps and filled with secrecy the character most fans want to know more about is that of Andy Serkis‘ character, Supreme Leader Snoke. Serkis now provides a few tidbits and hints on who he will play in the film.
As secrecy is involved heavily in the process of the film, Serkis admits that even he wasn’t allowed to see the final version of Snoke:
“It’s the first time I’ve been on set not yet knowing what the character’s gonna look like. I mean talk about secrecy!”
He continues to add that the character’s look evolved based on his and Abrams‘ input:
“When we first started working on it, he had some rough notions of how Snoke was gonna look, but it really hadn’t been fully-formed and it almost came out of discussion and performance,”
And even while filming the character developed to the character we will see in the film, but even after principle photography, Snoke evolved:
“We shot on set of course, and I was in the scenes I have with other actors, but the beauty of this process is you can go back and reiterate, keep informing and honing beats and moments,” Serkis says. “So J.J., after we shot last year, we’ve had a series of sessions where I’d be in London at The Imaginarium, my studio, while he’s been directing from L.A., and we’ve literally been creating further additions and iterations to the character. That’s been fascinating. And in the meantime I’ve been able to see the look and design of the character grow and change as the performances change. So it’s been really exciting in that respect.”
Now Serkis started to provide some character details on this mysterious character:
“Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful,” Serkis says. “Obviously he has a huge agenda. He has suffered a lot of damage. As I said, there is a strange vulnerability to him, which belies his true agenda, I suppose.”
As we know, Abrams has used a lot of practical effects in the film, but Serkis reveals that due to the size and scale of Snoke, practical effects, makeup, and prosthetics wouldn’t be able to capture the character:
“The scale of him, for instance, is one reason. He is large. He appears tall. And also just the facial design – you couldn’t have gotten there with prosthetics. It’s too extreme. Without giving too much away at this point, he has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone structure and facial structure. You could never have done it [in real life.]”
Serkis went on to admit that Snoke is a new character in the universe, but is aware of past events:
“No, he’s a new character in this universe. It is very much a newly-introduced character,” Serkis says. “He’s aware of what’s gone on, in the respect that he has been around and is aware of prior events. I think it’d be fair to say that he is aware of the past to a great degree.”
Then Serkis reveals that Snoke is someone who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side:
“Kylo Ren is not a Sith. He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”
A tall figure, distinctive face, powerful in the Dark Side of The Force? Sounds like the characteristics of Darth Plagues. If they do go the route of Plagues it seems possible since Rey’s staff resembles that of Plagues and as we know it’s hinted in Revenge of The Sith that Palpatine killed Plagues (his master) who new how to keep one from dying. Possibly plagues has been in the shadows of the films waiting patiently.. For the force to awaken.