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11.12.2015

Information about the new characters of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has been trickling out little by little, but not much has been said about Andy Serkis' mysterious villain, Supreme Leader Snoke. However, Serkis was finally able to discuss his motion-captured character with Entertainment Weekly and provided a few details on the character's motivations, the secrecy surrounding him, as well as his physical appearance.

The look of Supreme Lead Snoke took quite a lot of time to nail down, in fact Andy Serkis said that "it’s the first time I’ve been on set not yet knowing what the character’s gonna look like. I mean, talk about secrecy!" Serkis was able collaboarate with J.J. Abrams on the final look of his character, which evolved and changed with Serkis' performance.

When we first started working on it, he had some rough notions of how Snoke was gonna look, but it really hadn’t been fully-formed and it almost came out of discussion and performance. We shot on set of course, and I was in the scenes I have with other actors, but the beauty of this process is you can go back and reiterate, keep informing and honing beats and moments, so J.J., after we shot last year, we’ve had a series of sessions where I’d be in London at The Imaginarium, my studio, while he’s been directing from L.A., and we’ve literally been creating further additions and iterations to the character. That’s been fascinating. And in the meantime I’ve been able to see the look and design of the character grow and change as the performances change. So it’s been really exciting in that respect.

Andy Serkis on his character of Supreme Leader Snoke:

Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful,obviously he has a huge agenda. He has suffered a lot of damage. As I said, there is a strange vulnerability to him, which belies his true agenda, I suppose.

On why Supreme Leader Snoke couldn't be realized as a practical effect/make-up:

The scale of him, for instance, is one reason. He is large. He appears tall. And also just the facial design – you couldn’t have gotten there with prosthetics. It’s too extreme. Without giving too much away at this point, he has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone structure and facial structure. You could never have done it [in real life.]

It's only natural that a modern day Star Wars film would feature its fair share of visual effects, but Andy Serkis claims that Supreme Leader Snoke and Lupita Nyong’o's Maz Kanata are the only two performance-capture characters in the film. The reveal of Snoke will likely be saved for the film itself, but I can't wait to find out more about Snoke and how he plans to threaten the galaxy.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens on December 18, 2015.

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Source: EW

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10:38AM on 11/13/2015
I'm definitely interested in seeing how Snoke looks in the film. But I think beyond that, I'm more interested to learn about the power dynamics of The First Order. So far there's Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and General Hux, not sure if they all have different agendas, they're all operating under Snoke's command, perhaps there's some sort of power vacuum in the First Order, who knows? I have no idea what's going to happen in this movie and it's the one film I cannot wait
I'm definitely interested in seeing how Snoke looks in the film. But I think beyond that, I'm more interested to learn about the power dynamics of The First Order. So far there's Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and General Hux, not sure if they all have different agendas, they're all operating under Snoke's command, perhaps there's some sort of power vacuum in the First Order, who knows? I have no idea what's going to happen in this movie and it's the one film I cannot wait to see!
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9:50AM on 11/13/2015
I love that we've seen nothing outside of some early concept art for the character. It'll be a treat seeing him for the first time in the film.
I love that we've seen nothing outside of some early concept art for the character. It'll be a treat seeing him for the first time in the film.
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7:36AM on 11/13/2015
Didn't we get an early look at Snoke when that concept art was released?
Didn't we get an early look at Snoke when that concept art was released?
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1:11AM on 11/13/2015

I love Andy Serkis' work

in or out of motion capture, so I'm really excited about him being the Big Bad of this series.
in or out of motion capture, so I'm really excited about him being the Big Bad of this series.
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11:38PM on 11/12/2015
Hollywood acts like Serkis is the only person that can make a facial expression.
Hollywood acts like Serkis is the only person that can make a facial expression.
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7:48AM on 11/13/2015
If you mean, bringing to life other beings other than human, then yes.
If you mean, bringing to life other beings other than human, then yes.
10:53AM on 11/13/2015
He is kind of regarded as an ambassador due to his experience in the craft. He probably has more knowledge and acts as more of a bridge between VFX and actors. Where usually this would not happen.
He is kind of regarded as an ambassador due to his experience in the craft. He probably has more knowledge and acts as more of a bridge between VFX and actors. Where usually this would not happen.
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7:04PM on 11/12/2015
Is that Darth Plageus looking maybe…?
Is that Darth Plageus looking maybe…?
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6:59PM on 11/12/2015

Quick question from a fanboy in the dark...

Does anyone know (or heard the cast/production crew explain) exactly how Andy Serkis' new character name is pronounced?

Is it Snoke as in (Oak) w/ the 'E' silent @ the end? ...or Snok'E' closer to a pronunciation like Jersey Shore's Snooki w/ a long 'O' (God, I hope not!) haha

Just askin'.
Does anyone know (or heard the cast/production crew explain) exactly how Andy Serkis' new character name is pronounced?

Is it Snoke as in (Oak) w/ the 'E' silent @ the end? ...or Snok'E' closer to a pronunciation like Jersey Shore's Snooki w/ a long 'O' (God, I hope not!) haha

Just askin'.
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2:25AM on 11/13/2015
I Have a feeling its Snoak, like Oak. I doubt they would name him Snooki.
I Have a feeling its Snoak, like Oak. I doubt they would name him Snooki.
2:40AM on 11/13/2015
Maybe it's "Snow-kay'?
Maybe it's "Snow-kay'?
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