What’s In A Name: Andy Serkis’ Star Wars Character Name Revealed

Photo: Vanity Fair
Photo: Vanity Fair

It is pretty safe to say that the most anticipated movie of the year is Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, I mean…it’s Star Wars.

It is also being directed by Star Trek‘s J.J. Abrams, so it goes without saying that there are a lot of secrets about everything surrounding this project.

One character that has been kept quiet – probably for good reason – is the ever entertaining Andy Serkis’ character. The man who brought Gollum to life in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit will be using the infamous motion-capture technology to bring a character to life in a galaxy far, far away.

The question still remains though – who?

Well, we sort of have an answer.

In an interview with StarWars.com, Annie Leibovitz – the incredibly well known photographer for Vanity Fair – let it be known that the character Serkis will be playing is named Supreme Leader Snoke.

Okay, if you laughed at that name we won’t blame you, because we definitely did too.

So who is this Supreme Leader Snoke? (Nope, can’t say that with a straight face).

That’s the thing, we still don’t know. It’s frustrating, we know.

The interview with Leibovitz didn’t mention anything else about the character (of course), but there have been tidbits of information here and there.

As Entertainment Weekly points out, we may not have seen this character yet…but we have heard him – in the first teaser trailer that was released. Refresh your mind below:

Chilling, right?

The voice is all Serkis too, no modification there; very impressive.

One thing is for certain from the very limited knowledge we have about Snoke (still giggled); this guy knows things. He’s got some force knowledge. As Entertainment Weekly says, “he picks up on a disturbance, an awakening, he has ties to a power that goes far beyond military strength.”

So who is this character? Well, I really don’t think we are going to find out until the film comes out because you know how J.J. Abrams is with his secrets (cough Kahn cough).

Star War VII: The Force Awakens will hit theatres on December 18, 2015.

Who do you think Supreme Leader Snoke is? Let us know your thoughts!

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