Andy Serkis’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Revealed—Spoiler Alert!

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Star Wars’ Reads Day set for Oct. 10.

He brought the tragic figure of Gollum to life in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then made us cheer and cry as the smart ape leader Caesar in the Planet of the Apes prequels.Earlier this month Vanity Fair gave us some great shots of the new cast, along with confirming that Adam Driver was playing the bad guy we all knew he was, courtesy of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Now the immensely talented Andy Serkis will be bringing his motion-capture talents to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, playing the role of a villain we’ve heard — he voiced the 88-second teaser trailer last year — but never seen before. Would Serkis be acting via remote control, as he has in his most famous performances, or turning up in the flesh as he did in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as the arms dealer who loses an arm, Ulysses Klaue?

StarWars.com has revealed that Serkis’ character in the new movie will be called Supreme Leader Snoke, and that the performance will be motion-captured, premiering a new photograph from Annie Liebovitz of the actor taken during production for Vanity Fair. This bizarre name is no mere online rumor or fan theory (Star Wars bloggers were convinced Serkis’ character was called “Uber,” which may have brought threats of a lawsuit from Travis Kalanick had it been true).

Last year’s Star Wars Reads Day offered celebrations with authors, illustrators and other luminaries at Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Millions and more than 1,000 libraries and independent bookstores. The only Star Wars reference to anyone named “Snoke” is a background character named Snoke Loroan from the 1992 novel The Lost City of the Jedi, who was a Corellian pilot serving the Rebels. Serkis is one of only a handful of characters we’ve heard actually speak so far, with his voice — “There’s been an awakening… have you felt it?” — opening the original Force Awakens teaser last November. Although Serkis’ character has remained unnamed to this point — and is still unseen, unless audiences have had a glimpse in one of the trailers without knowing it — he has been heard; Serkis provided the narration to the movie’s first teaser trailer, released last November. The article in question is actually an exclusive interview with the legendary Annie Liebowitz, who photographed Serkis (above, courtesy of Lucasfilm) but didn’t include the pic in her Vanity Fair cover shoot.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, he teased that although he couldn’t say much about the character, “he’s been through some stuff.” Gwendoline Christie’s character was revealed as Captain Phasma via a Vanity Fair caption (though the magazine tried and failed to save the reveal for a newsletter).

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