Andy Serkis didn’t know about Snoke twist in ‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’
When Kylo Ren managed to trick Snoke and tear his abdomen apart in The Last Jedi, fans were shocked. No one was expecting that, and it flipped the entire trilogy on itself. After all, there were countless theories about the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, with many saying he was connected to Emperor Palpatine. But, all those theories came crashing down in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And even Andy Serkis, who played Snoke, didn’t know about that twist.
Andy Serkis was unaware of Serkis’ fate
In The Rise of Skywalker, the writers revealed that Snoke was some kind of clone that Emperor Palpatine created, thus confirming his identity. It turned every fan theory upside down, with some fans not liking it at all. And it turns out that Andy Serkis was not aware of this reality as well. While talking to Comic Book Movie, Serkis revealed that during the time he was playing Snoke, he was not aware of his character’s true identity. He said:
It was very much under wraps. Very much under wraps. I had an inkling, but it was not confirmed.
Snoke was a pretty important character for Serkis, marking his entry into the Star Wars Universe. But, after seeing his true identity, there’s a chance that Serkis did not like being Palpatine’s clone. It just feels very meaningless to build a character so much in The Force Awakens and then discard him so carelessly. In The Rise of Skywalker, they showed glass containers with multiple Snokes in them, indicating he was a clone. The editor of the movie, Maryann Brandon, revealed in a conversation to HuffPost:
I just think that came up as a visual effect that we thought would be really fun for an audience, to create a visual that would tell that whole story. I believe that’s successful. We didn’t have to change a lot of dialogue. You just see one shot and you kind of get it. I love stuff like that. We can just have a moment where you just see something in the background and you go, ‘OK, I totally get that’.
In short, they wanted everything explained in one moment. But, Andy Serkis may not have liked this, and with good reason.