While J.J. Abrams and Disney filled out the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ cast with mostly newcomers, there was one role that went to the biggest name in his specific field, Andy Serkis, the most famous motion capture performer in movies. No, he’s no Harrison Ford, but Serkis has brought to life such legendary film icons as King Kong in the 2005 film, Gollum in all of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies and Caesar in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ series. He’ll also soon play the villain Klaw in ‘Black Panther’ but something tells me it’s his latest role that will be his most iconic villain performance, Supreme Leader Snoke.
Serkis recently admitted that when he began filming ‘The Force Awakens’, he didn’t actually have a clear idea of what his character would actually look like:
Snoke remained shrouded in mystery at the end of ‘The Force Awakens’. Who was this enigmatic and shadowy figure? How powerful was he? Why did the other villains follow him so obediently? Viewers were left to wonder about his exact nature, but some better versed in ‘Star Wars’ lore began formulating hypotheses to explain this new Big Bad. Surely there had to be some clues. He couldn’t be a completely fabricated new threat, could he?
One theory that gained a lot of traction is that Snoke was an evolved version of Darth Plagueis, a character referenced but never shown in the prequels. Plagueis was so powerful he could defeat aging and death… in others, but not himself.
Acknowledging the rumor, Serkis has some bad news for Plagueis conspiracy theorists.
“[Snoke] turns out to be… just Snoke.”
“Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful. 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.”
So regardless of Snoke’s real identity, it sounds like there’s still a lot about this character’s background left to be discovered. He isn’t as invulnerable as he may have seemed in this first new ‘Star Wars’ installment.
So now that we know Snoke isn’t Plagueis, start formulating new theories! Who is Snoke? Or is he just a brand new character?
Source: Geek Tyrant