Since the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, fans have debated the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke. Some feel that he is General Plagueis due to the disfigured features, whereas others feel he may be someone else altogether. Disney’s tight-lipped secrecy about all things Star Wars has not helped the rumor mill one bit. However, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andy Serkis revealed a major spoiler regarding the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke.
Andy Serkis’ conversation with Entertainment Weekly started out innocent enough, heading down the path of how he portrayed a CGI character and how the secrecy behind Supreme Leader Snoke’s design made it difficult for him to get into character.
“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!”
Serkis went on to explain that the end design of Supreme Leader Snoke was born partially from his performance, rather than the other way around.
“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,”
However, with so much secrecy behind the character of Supreme Leader Snoke, Andy Serkis did let a major spoiler out of the bag while talking to Entertainment Weekly. A secret that not even a well-trained Stormtrooper could have prevented from being leaked.
During the interview, Andy Serkis attempted to be discreet about the actual identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, stating that he seems to be quite vulnerable yet powerful at the same time, adding more mystery to his agenda.
“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.”
Serkis went on to justify why make-up and prosthetics were not used to create a real Supreme Leader Snoke, as opposed to the CGI version.
“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.]”
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Although the details reveal little about the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, Serkis let loose one of the biggest spoilers of the series thus far, claiming that Supreme Leader Snoke is not General Plagueis.
“Although there was much speculation about who Snoke might turn out to be (one popular theory was that he’d turn out to be a Sith Lord known from the prequels as Darth Plagueis) he actually turns out to be… just Snoke.”
Revealing that Supreme Leader Snoke is not Darth Plagueis might upset some die-hard Star Wars fans, but others may be happy that the character has not been recycled. However, the spoiler seems to bring forth more questions than answers.
Supreme Leader Snoke has been alive for a very long time, yet he is just now being introduced into the cinematic universe of Star Wars. Nerd Reactor referenced the soundtrack playing in the background as Supreme Leader Snoke was on screen, when Palpatine told Anakin that Darth Plagueis has the power to save the lives of people. Could it be that Darth Plagueis resurrected another character that was disfigured in a previous installment of the series, potentially birthing a new incarnation of a previous Sith Lord? Would it be possible that Supreme Leader Snoke is a new birth of General Palpatine, replacing his identity as Darth Sidious, the Emperor? What if Darth Plagueis visited Darth Vader’s resting place, resurrected his charred corpse, and took advantage of his weakened state to coerce him back to the dark side and take up the mantle of Supreme Leader Snoke, giving Kylo Ren the melted helmet as a reminder of his lineage (Supreme Leader Snoke’s large size could just be trickery from a hologram)?
What are your thoughts?
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