Andy Serkis’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character Revealed

Actor Andy Serkis’ character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially been revealed through an article on the Star Wars website, along with a photo of him filming in motion capture gear.

Yesterday, the Star Wars website debuted an interview with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who captured the cast of The Force Awakens for a recent issue of Vanity Fair, as the Inquisitr previously reported. While the magazine revealed a first look at several of the new Star Wars characters, confirming Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and Gwendoline Christie as the “Chrometrooper” Captain Phasma, several actors were left out or didn’t appear in character. Andy Serkis was one of those, and although he was photographed by Leibovitz, the image did not appear in Vanity Fair.

The unpublished photo of Serkis has now been made available as part of the interview on the Star Wars website, and along with it has come the official reveal of the character he will be playing in The Force Awakens. According to the website, Serkis will appear as Supreme Leader Snoke in the seventh Star Wars film.

Very little is known about Serkis’ character, though it has also been revealed that Supreme Leader Snoke will be created through the use of motion capture technology. Serkis is well known for his previous motion capture work, which has included the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, in addition to a host of other films. The title of “Supreme Leader” has given many Star Wars fans pause, however, leading to intense speculation about the nature of Serkis’ role, as SlashFilm reports.

“All we really know about the character is that he’s the one who delivers the off screen dialogue in the first teaser trailer. ‘There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.’ Snoke is a character who is familiar with both sides of the Force. He’s also felt an awakening in the Force. That suggests he’s some kind of Sith or fallen Jedi and if he’s a Supreme Leader, we could be looking at the next Emperor Palpatine.”

Though speculation and questions abound regarding Supreme Leader Snoke at this point, fans will no doubt learn much more about Andy Serkis’ character before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.

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