Andy Serkis teases his 'damaged' mystery villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Turns out J.J. Abrams’ ultra-secrecy surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens extends all the way down to the cast members.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, motion capture actor Andy Serkis opened up a bit about his mysterious villain character Supreme Leader Snoke. Turns out, when they started shooting his scenes, Serkis knew about as much as we do about the look of his baddie — which is to say, pretty much nothing. Interestingly enough, Serkis said they actually kept evolving the look and design based on his performance, trying to craft a character that would best fit the scenes he turned in.

Serkis goes on to confirm Snoke is a new character to the Star Wars canon, and teased that he has a massive agenda for the galaxy far, far away:

“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…[H]e’s a new character in this universe. It is very much a newly-introduced character. He’s aware of what’s gone on, in the respect that he has been around and is aware of prior events. I think it’d be fair to say that he is aware of the past to a great degree.

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.]”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18. 

What do you think Abrams and Serkis are cooking up for this mystery baddie?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)