When we first heard Supreme Leader Snoke speak in The Force Awakens, it was tough to discern how his voice really sounded given that he was in the form of a hologram while speaking to General Hux and Kylo Ren. However, Snoke’s voice is featured quite a bit throughout the new trailer released for The Last Jedi (or so I’m told – I absolutely refuse to watch the trailer myself).
So how did Andy Serkis, who provides the motion capture work for Snoke in the film, come up with the overall tone and depth of the voice for this character? He gives us a little bit of information via Business Insider:
“When I first worked on it with [‘The Force Awakens’ director] J.J. [Abrams] there was an evolving design of the character,” Serkis said, while promoting his directorial debut, “Breathe” (in theaters Friday). “It was going through lots of changes. But it’s all about where a character carries his pain, or aggression, or emotional centers, and with Snoke it was very much there [putting his hands to the back of his head]. And his skull has got this big scar in the front, so for me it was a fracturing. He’s got this cleft in his head and I think it’s very painful for him to speak and yet there’s an imperiousness about him. He’s severely damaged but there’s a vulnerability that’s he’s trying to cover so that was sort of what I was trying to do.”