Annlyel explores the potential for future adventures with Andy Serkis’s seriously underutilised Star Wars villain…
Andy Serkis is one of the greatest motion capture actors of all time. He perfected the art of motion capture when he portrayed the emaciated, weaselly villain, Gollum, in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. When it was announced that he would have a role in The Force Awakens I was so excited to see who he would play and sure enough, he played one of the most interesting characters in the film, Supreme Leader Snoke.
Snoke was as mysterious as they come. He was a giant holographic figure barely visible underneath the cloak of darkness provided by his hologram chamber. He was Kylo Ren‘s master and clearly the one who had fully converted young Ben Solo to the dark side. He was supposedly the founder of the First Order and originated from the Unknown Regions. Beyond that however his backstory is unknown.
J.J Abrams inserted him into The Force Awakens as basically the revamped version of Emperor Palpatine but didn’t provide him with enough detail for Rian Johnson to build upon. Hence, Rian Johnson killed him off without giving us any chance of understanding who he is and what his true motives were.
Snoke’s canvas is still very blank and because he was such a huge presence going into The Last Jedi we, as Star Wars fans, deserve to know a bit more about him. I would love to see his backstory come to life in the shape of a live-action series or a movie but I could easily settle for a book or a series of riveting comics. Then we could finally get a grasp on his character and understand how he was able to swindle Ben Solo to the dark side.
Until Lucasfilm decides to finally share with us the tales of Snoke’s past he will always remain the mysterious villain whose potential was literally cut short.
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