Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is a powerful figure in the current Star Wars saga without having to display much power at all. When we first saw him in The Force Awakens, he was all but a holographic figure that displayed him as a scarred man dropped in a robe. General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) often consulted with him to figure out their next plan of attack.
While he was larger than life as a hologram, new images have shown him to be real and very imposing. And now, we’re learning just how powerful he really is and why the man looks so tortured. Check out the full story and the images below.
EW’s current coverage of the next installment of the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, continues with a piece on Snoke. In it, the magazine had an interview with Serkis who says that this will be the first time we see the enigmatic leader in the flesh.
But if you thought his holographic form was imposing, wait until you hear about his 9-foot physical form. The actor describes his character as a “predator who identifies weakness and exploits it, drawing the young and promising to his side with promises of power, then using and discarding his protégés when they are no longer of use.”
Unfortunately, his top lieutenants, General Hux and Kylo Ren, have failed him, and much of his anger will be directed towards Kylo – whom he will train. Something we heard when he asked Hux to fetch Kylo in The Force Awakens.
Of this Serkis said:
“His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants. Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can’t bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other.”
It’s unclear what his plans are in The Last Jedi, but if he is making moves to assert his power within the Galactic Republic, annihilating an entire planet would be a surefire way to make that happen.
“The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He’s terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character. He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”
That injury has a double meaning apparently. But as to how he suffered these injuries, that’s still a mystery. However, keeping his backstory vague was completely intentional.
Here’s what director Rian Johnson had to say:
“Similar to with Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story. And, you know, a story is not a Wikipedia page.
For example, in the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except exactly what we needed to know, which is what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader. But then in the prequels, you knew everything about Palpatine because that his rise to power was the story. We’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to. But the really exciting for me is we will see more of him, and Andy Serkis will get to do much more in this film than he did in the last one, and that guy is just a force of nature.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15, 2017.