Fan favorite Andy Serkis, best known for his work as Gollum in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ trilogies, Caeser in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise, and more recently, Ulysses Klaue in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ was identified as the voice of the narrator in the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer back when it was released, though we had no idea who his character was, or what he would look like. Based on his resume, most people assumed Serkis would be playing a CGI character, but as ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ showed us, Serkis is just as entertaining being himself on screen, as when he is hidden by computer imagery.
Fortunately, the public has recently received a picture (see photo on right) of Serkis doing the motion capture for the character (apparently his character will be CGI) by esteemed ‘Star Wars’ photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose association with ‘Star Wars’ goes all the way back to 1980 when she took a cast photo for ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ which appeared in ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. Leibovitz had taken a series of photos for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ that were released on ‘Star Wars’ Day 2015 (May 4th), but the photo of Serkis had not been included, until now.
Alongside the photo, we all also finally learned the name of Serkis’s character, Supreme Lord Snoke. And who might that ominously named character be? Fan rumors have pointed to Snoke being the leader in the “First Order,” which is apparently what the remnants of the Empire is calling itself in the timeframe of the film. Others have speculated that Snoke might be a Sith Lord, and the master to Kylo Ren, the hooded villain who used the cross-guard red lightsaber in the trailer. Of course, Snoke could be both, or neither, we won’t know for certain until ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hits theaters.
What are your thoughts on the name Supreme Lord Snoke? Does it fit in amongst the names of classic ‘Star Wars’ villains like Darth Vader, Palpaltine, Grievous, Maul and Dooku? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!