Supreme Leader Snoke Will Be a 7-Foot-Tall Puppet in 'Star Wars Episode VIII'

Thursday, 08 December 2016 - 1:16PM
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Thursday, 08 December 2016 - 1:16PM
Supreme Leader Snoke Will Be a 7-Foot-Tall Puppet in 'Star Wars Episode VIII'
Supreme Leader Snoke is the Smoking Man from The X-Files mixed with an evil, enigmatic prune. The theories surrounding him claim that he's anyone from Grand Moff Tarkin to Darth Plagueis to Darth Vader himself, straying into "Elvis isn't dead!" territory with the last one. It's gotten so bad that there's even a T-shirt now that says "You Snoke Theory Sucks." Andy Serkis himself has shot down the Plagueis theory, but fans are still eager to know more about this holographic burn victim with gigantism. Well, one thing we know is that Snoke is going to appear in Star Wars Episode VIII as a giant puppet, rather than his customary CGI hologram. According to Making Star Wars:

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For Star Wars: Episode VIII it appears, at least in part, that Snoke will not be a character generated in a computer. Instead he will be a huge puppet around seven to eight feet tall, taking several people to operate and a man inside a suit to make him walk. Stylistically, it seems as if Snoke may be CGI generated for the holographic communication sequences, but when he has scenes in Episode VIII next to real flesh-and-blood humans like Kylo Ren he will be a practical puppet with facial features operated by the crew.
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This is an interesting turn of events, especially considering that Andy Serkis has already proven that he can handle the motion capture for Snoke. During the 2016 NY Comic-Con, we heard Alan Tudyk talk about playing the tall droid K-2SO while wearing stilts, so there doesn't seem to be any reason why Serkis can't do something similar. Despite the emphasis on using practical effects, props, and sets, The Force Awakens actually had more CGI than the Phantom Menace—as Making Star Wars notes in their article above, even Unkar Plutt, who was played by an actor in a suit, was augmented with CGI in post-production.

Considering that Star Wars Episode VIII will begin only minutes after the events of The Force Awakens, which ended with Snoke recalling Kylo Ren to complete his training, we're probably going to see a lot more of Snoke—possibly even training scenes between he and Ren. There was a rumor that we might see Snoke in the new Rogue One (considering it explores the events between the prequels and the original trilogy), but unfortunately that rumor has already been shot down, burnt, and beaten into oblivion. 

We personally side with the faction that believes Snoke is (get ready) a brand new character with almost no connection to the previous movies. It's what Serkis has said in the past (see his article on the Plagueis theory above), and it makes things a lot easier for the writers. But if that's debunked...we're going with Boba Fett.

Star Wars Episode VIII hits US theaters December 15th, 2017.
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