We have a lot of mysteries in the new trilogy of Star Wars movies, but no character is the root of more ridiculous fan theories then Supreme Leader Snoke, brought to life via motion capture expert Andy Serkis. Serkis recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly as part of their cover story about Snoke and why he hates the Resistance so much.
"This time you get to see him, as in his real presence," says Serkis, who plays the towering Snoke via performance capture. "In the previous movie we saw him as this huge hologram and tele-presence, and you get to meet him in the flesh this time."
We've only seen Snoke via hologram in The Force Awakens where he was very angry. It turns out that anger was directed very much at Kylo Ren.
"His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants," Serkis says. "Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can't bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other."
Serkis went on to say that Snoke's hatred of the Republic and the Resistance is built out of personal injury.
"The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He's terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character," Serkis says. "He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what's happened to him personally."
The Resistance managed to take out Starkiller Base, but that doesn't mean they're ahead in this war. It's just getting started, and they are working against someone who is very determined.
"Despite the fact that the Starkiller Base has been destroyed and the Resistance has been putting up a fight, we will discover that the First Order has limitless resources in this one," Serkis says.
Snoke was the dark shadow lurking in the background in The Force Awakens. In The Last Jedi, the Resistance and the audience will see what this evil creature is all about.
Summary: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It will be released on December 15th.