Yesterday I ran the results of a Twitter poll I'd run that showed 75% of people think Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) in The Force Awakens is actually Darth Plagueis The Wise, first mentioned in Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith. Well, people magazine have a couple of comments that have reinforced my belief that this is the case. See below...
Let's start with a quote from Andy Serkis who is deep inside the secrecy bubble of The Force Awakens.
Its quite understandable that Andy can't really talk about anything before the movie is released, and we don't really want to know for fear of spoiling things.
He has made a comment in the past though, about Snoke and how when on set he loomed over General Hux and Kylo Ren in a way that required his voice to be amplified using the technology developed on Peter Jackson's King Kong. I'd suggest this scene is Snoke commanding his minions via Hologram, not unlike the Emperor in Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.
This all evokes images from the cover of James Luceno's Darth Plagueis novel. So could Supreme Leader Snoke really be an ancient Sith Lord?
Lets look at the Sith Lords we know for evidence. Starting with Plagueis' old apprentice, Darth Sidious. Sidious was posing as a Naboo Senator for years before making his move against the senate. Even after he had seized power he maintained the Palpatine identity in public, all the while he was actually Darth Sidious, master to Maul and later Tyranus and Vader. Tyranus himself was known publicly as Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker would lose himself in the Darth Vader persona. All of this Sith Lords had public faces. It's reasonable to assume Supreme Leader Snoke is a public persona adopted by a long thought dead, Darth Plagueis.
It would appear that deception is a Sith Lord's main tool. With each of them adopting an identity to mask their true nature. Is this also Snokes plan? Is Plagueis hiding in plain sight.
Now consider comments in People made by Neal Scanlan, chief of creature and droid effects, who confirms that Supreme Leader Snoke is 7 foot tall and very, very thin. Sounds a lot like some of the aliens we have already seen in Star Wars. Like the Muun.
The Muun are a very tall, slender race with a peculiar cranial structure. Andy Serkis himself said previously that the decision to performance capture Snoke was made because of his size, and the fact that his facial structure would be very difficult to recreate with practical make-up effects. Especially when one considers there also needs to be a performance here. Who is the most famous Muun in the Star Wars saga? Darth Plagueis The Wise. It all seems to make sense to me, but what do you think? Is Andy Serkis playing Darth Plagueis disguised as Supreme Leader Snoke? Is Kylo Ren using the ancient Sith Lord to achieve a personal goal, like the apprentices before him? Could we see Kylo Ren archive full Sith status in this new trilogy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or hit me on Twitter or via email at TalkStarWarsInfo@gmail.com.
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