With the Thanksgiving holiday only one day away, Entertainment Weekly serves up an enticing appetizer with their latest The Last Jedi piece focusing on the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke. Lucasfilm and director Rian Johnson have done a nice job keeping Snoke in the dark ahead of the film’s theatrical release. We learned about Snoke’s ship in September (a behemoth Mega-class Star Destroyer called the Supremacy) and a very small bit of Snoke’s backstory from Johnson when he spoke with Empire Magazine for their October issue.
Daisy Ridley commented briefly about filming her Episode VIII scene(s) with Snoke in an article posted last week and today EW gives us more on this villainous First Order head honcho straight from Serkis and Johnson.
Some people absorb unspeakable pain, then vow to spend the rest of their lives working and fighting to make sure no one else has to suffer as they did. Others endure the same agony but deal with it by magnifying that pain — and blasting it back upon the world.
Supreme Leader Snoke is one of the latter.
The enigmatic ruler of the First Order finally emerges from the darkness in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and actor Andy Serkis is revealing a little more about the villain’s origin and creation.
“This time you get to see him, as in his real presence,” says Serkis, who plays the towering Snoke via performance capture. “In the previous movie we saw him as this huge hologram and tele-presence, and you get to meet him in the flesh this time.”
Serkis describes a cruel master, a 9-foot-tall alien humanoid who disparages and dominates his two lieutenants: Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson.) He’s 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.