Andor’s Biggest Cameo Brought Back An Actor From The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy

Andy Serkis, who played Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars trilogy series had a cameo as a new character in the Disney+ Andor series.

By Matthew Creith | Published

The Star Wars television series Andor premiered on Disney+ last month to positive reactions from fans of the franchise and good reviews from critics as well. In the latest episode of Andor, audiences were surprised to be introduced to a cameo by Andy Serkis, who portrays Kino Loy in the show. As Vanity Fair reports, Serkis is famous for embodying the devastatingly evil Supreme Leader Snoke in the most recent Star Wars sequels, making use of an actor’s talents as he appears to be one of the only performers to exist within the Star Wars universe as two different characters.

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Andy Serkis as Kino Loy in Andor

While not much is currently known about Kino Loy at this time, Andy Serkis’ appearance on Andor in a respected cameo role in the episode “Narkina 5” will most likely be discussed by ardent Star Wars fans for quite some time. As of now, many fans of the show understand that Kino Loy is an inmate and the manager for Unit Five-Two-D where Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is serving out a harsh prison sentence of forced labor where Loy plays the role of managing the laborers despite the fact that he too is a prisoner. Kino Loy is quite different than Serkis’ earlier work as Supreme Leader Snoke, the main villain of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, especially considering that he only played Snoke just a few years ago and is already portraying another character within the Star Wars world.

Andy Serkis’ Andor cameo may lead to other appearances as the character of Kino Loy in future episodes of the Star Wars television series, with four more episodes left to go in the first season of the show. Andor is the newest series to hit the subscription streaming platform service Disney+, and it is viewed as a prequel series to the events that take place in George Lucas’ blockbuster epic Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, and is a spin-off of Rogue One that first featured Diego Luna’s character. Luna plays Cassian Andor, a thief whose planet was obliterated by one of the famed Galactic Empire’s mining projects that went awry, but currently finds himself imprisoned for being a bystander during a sticky situation.

Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke

Prior to his work on Andor in what is so far described as a cameo role, English actor Andy Serkis has worked in various capacities as an actor well-versed in CGI performances, most notably playing Gollum in Peter Jackson’s seminal work, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Serkis has worked extensively in motion capture performances after The Lord of the Rings became a hit on a global scale, taking on the roles of King Kong in Jackson’s 2005 remake of the same name, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot series of films, as well as Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s 2011 film The Adventures of Tintin. Since then, Serkis has gone on to direct several films on a grand scale, including the 2018 adventure drama Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and the Spider-Man Universe comic book movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to the original Venom starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams.