Nov 4, 2021

Andy Serkis Looks Awesome As Pre-CGI Snoke In This Cool Star Wars: The Last Jedi Video


Star Wars: The Last Jedi will soon be available on Blu-ray, and Lucasfilm has been teasing fans with various special features as a part of the promotions. The most recent promotional video shows Andy Serkis wearing full body motion capture suit while the filming of Snoke’s last sequence towards the end of the movie, and it is a really fascinating take on the character. Further, Serkis is seen commenting on the possibility of Snoke’s origin story being revealed as a prequel or in Star Wars Episode IX. The actor admits to having been secretive about the official fate of the character, but, mentions that the possibility exists.

In a fresh interview, Andy Serkis explained some of the process behind his Snoke portrayal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The interview comes along with a short video showing Serkis as Snoe in the throne room, just before Kylo Ren cut him into two. It is great to see Andy Serkis perched on the throne, and how the team from Industrial Light and Magic utilized his physical features, including the sitting style that shows Snoke slumped to one side on that huge chair of his.

Although Andy Serkis stated that he wasn’t able to reveal much about the character, he confessed to having thought that Snoke might have been suffering from some kind of scoliosis courtesy his old age and the great deal of battles that he had fought in the past. Serkis also said that while Snoke is a mighty leader, he is also extremely risk-prone, as is evident by the numerous scars and fractures on his skull. He said.

“I’ve always approached him as someone who is obviously in a position of supreme power, but actually, there is a level of vulnerability about the character. The way that his face is caved in, he has those deep scarifications. His skull’s almost been crushed.”

Andy Serkis elaborated about Supreme Leader Snoke’s lack of invincibility, remarking that the character is always suspicious about someone betraying him. With time his distrust becomes fear, and it makes him a nasty leader with biased judgment, according to Serkis. The motion capture artist resorted to past to plug the gap in Snoke’s personality. He said:

“As we know across the world, there are leaders who have famously done that – and do. That’s what I really wanted to bring to the character. There’s this incredible danger and volatility.”

As far as Supreme Leader Snoke’s origin story is concerned, Andy Serkis said that he discussed it with Rian Johnson, but, as stated earlier, he wasn’t able to say anything owing to the possible future that the character might have. Earlier, Serkis had said that he would wish to play Snoke again and confessed not having spoken to J.J. Abrams about appearing in Episode IX. However, he further provided information about Snoke’s vulnerability. Serkis said.

We wanted him to have a great deal of mystery, but we did… J.J. (Abrams) and I discussed it, and Rian (Johnson) and I did discuss backstories to him, where he came from. I’ve been asked to not shed anything, should we want to bring him back in any way whether (in a) prequel or whatever. I think there’s something cool about that. It still does remain a mystery for people. I know that some people find it incredibly frustrating, but I think it allows for further exploration and layering at a further point.”

There is nothing officially stated, but, the chances are that we might see Snoke again on big screen in some way or the other. Only time will tell that, but, you can check this behind-the-scenes footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the interview with Andy Serkis courtesy EW.