New 'Last Jedi' Photos Give the First Clear Look at Supreme Leader Snoke

Friday, 28 July 2017 - 10:12AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, 28 July 2017 - 10:12AM
New 'Last Jedi' Photos Give the First Clear Look at Supreme Leader Snoke
Image credit: Star Wars Wikia
Production photos for The Last Jedi have leaked online, and we've got a great look at the clothes that two of the biggest (possibly literally) characters in the movie will be wearing. Finally, after months of teases and speculation, it's been confirmed: Supreme Leader Snoke will wear a golden kimono.




There's something really soulful and almost pitiable about Snoke's appearance in this picture—his big blue eyes, wrapped up in a scarred, wrinkly body, hint at a vulnerability that isn't present in The Force Awakens. Perhaps this is the reason why Snoke appears as a giant hologram in the first of Disney's Star Wars movies—showing him at eye-level makes him feel far more human, and less like an unstoppable dark force of evil.

Rumors have already suggested that the real Snoke will be seven feet tall (and possibly operated as a puppet on set), putting him head and shoulders above everyone else and preventing the movie's heroes from getting a good look at his beautiful blue eyes. As much as it might be interesting to get a more sympathetic villain in Star Wars, we have to assume that the movie will fall back on the classic trope of a conflicted man in black (Adam Driver's Kylo Ren) who is being manipulated by the irredeemable Big Bad; in this case, a golden raisin.

Meanwhile, we've also got a closer look at Luke Skywalker's new duds—apparently he gets changed at some point between his brief, wordless scene at the end of The Force Awakens and his grumpy insistence that the Jedi need to end in The Last Jedi.







There's nothing in any of these photos more intriguing than that snake staff Luke is holding. Is this designed to hint at a war-wound, or does Luke, like Yoda, carry around a walking stick to make him look less intimidating, until the moment comes that he needs to start doing backflips? This subtle connection to Yoda almost feels like further evidence that Luke is merely testing Rey when he resists the prospect of training her in The Last Jedi's first trailer. This would feel like the natural fake-out for director Rian Johnson to play if he were trying to copy the structure of The Empire Strikes Back as closely as J.J. Abrams recycled A New Hope.

On the other hand, though, Mark Hamill has been very vocal about how unimpressed he is with Johnson's plans for Luke (even if he was forced to retract this statement later). Who knows? Perhaps Luke won't be the fountain of wisdom that audiences are hoping for, after all. He's dressed in some very dark brown leather, and if anything is true in Star Wars, it's that a Jedi's clothes reflect the conflict within their heart. Not that this provides any insight into why Snoke is dressed like an Oscar, of course. Perhaps Disney's trying to subtly influence the Academy Award judges.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits US theaters December 15th, 2017.
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