One of the most mysterious new characters introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the ominous head of the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke. Appearing as a towering hologram, fans immediately began speculating on the character’s past and rise to power, hoping that the next chapter of the saga would provide the answers they seek. While Star Wars: The Last Jedi will finally introduce Snoke in the flesh, director Rian Johnson recently told Empire Magazine that the film will provide few details on his origin.
Johnson explained his approach to writing Snoke and likened the character to Emperor Palpatine in the original trilogy:
“We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films he’s exactly what he needs to be, which is just ‘The Emperor.’ He’s a dark force: the scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”
While much of Snoke’s past will apparently remain shrouded in secrecy, Johnson revealed that the film will explore more of Kylo Ren’s turmoil, noting the parallels between his journey and that of new heroine Rey:
“Star Wars boils down to the transition from adolescence into adulthood. That’s the heart of these films and Rey is most obviously the one that hangs on. But it’s also Kylo. In the originals you project entirely onto Luke, while Vader is the scary other — he’s the minotaur. The fascinating thing about Kylo and Rey is that they’re two sides of something. We can all relate to Kylo: to that anger of being in the turmoil of adolescence and figuring out who he’s going to be as a man; dealing with anger and wanting to separate from his family. He’s not Vader — at least, he’s not Vader yet — and that’s something I really wanted to get into.”
Personally, I feel Snoke remains more menacing when we know little about his past. While many fans expect the Supreme Leader to share a history with past Star Wars characters, with the theory that Snoke is actually Palpatine’s former mentor, Darth Plagueis, proving to be popular among fans, I believe he is a far more fascinating villain if he simply a brand new and unconnected antagonist. Do you want to learn more about Snoke or should his past remain a mystery? Share your thoughts below!
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.
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