Regardless of how you felt about the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Supreme Leader Snoke was one of the most interesting characters in it. Famed motion-capture actor Andy Serkis brought the First Order’s evil figurehead to life and recently spoke with io9 before his latest run at the director’s chair, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, releases to provide his perspective on what ultimately happened to the Star Wars character.
Despite being billed as one of the leading villains of the sequel trilogy, Snoke met a fairly quick death in The Last Jedi as Kylo Ren and Rey joined forces to split him in two and pave way for the film’s final act. And Serkis was just as surprised, maybe even as disappointed, as the audience.
"I was devastated when I read that script because it was all going so well … I was like, ‘Man, this is a boss character. I’m going to love playing… what!? You’re kidding me, what?’"
Now Serkis eventually relinquished just a bit, saying that he understood Snoke dying for the story’s sake. “I was like ‘Okay, is a good idea? I supposed it is. … It was all in the right, I think … I loved playing that character and I love the face-off scene between Kylo Ren and Rey, and so it was great,” he said.
Andy Serkis wanted more time as Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars
It is an understandable reaction from Serkis considering Snoke seemed to disappear before we even learned much of his backstory. Perhaps that is because his story was still being written.
Serkis shared that he too was unaware of Snoke’s connection to Emperor Palpatine, saying, “The journey towards discovering that he was a Palpatine clone was something that happened during the process because everything was so secret since Force Awakens.”
Fans likely should not be surprised to hear that, as the trilogy’s directorial changes resulted in the story constantly evolving. That is the case with many other films, too. Even Thandie Newton recently voice a similar opinion pertaining to her character Val’s death in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Regardless, Serkis’ comments indicate that he has quite an affinity for Snoke and perhaps feels that some of his potential is unfulfilled, opening up the opportunity for a new story to be told. One side seems to be sending the invitation, now it’s up to Lucasfilm to accept it.