Andy Serkis Wants The Biggest Let Down In Star Wars To Get His Own Spinoff
Andor actor Andy Serkis would love to see Snoke get a spinoff series, to explore the character's backstory.
All of our Snoke theories may have turned out to be wrong, but if Andy Serkis has his way, he would love to stir that pot again. In a new interview with Jake Hamilton of the YouTube channel Jake’s Takes, Serkis discusses his return to the Star Wars universe in Andor, but revealed that he would be game for a series that explored Supreme Leader Snoke and his backstory.
When asked what part of his work on Star Wars he would like to get feedback from George Lucas about, Serkis said he would tell him “Look, I don’t think we’ve seen enough Snoke.” Even though Lucas didn’t technically create Snoke (that was from the minds of The Force Awakens writers Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams), Serkis would want his input on possibly expanding the life of the character. He also wouldn’t mind seeing Snoke’s story expand in a spinoff series.
“I think people would love to see more Snoke,” he said, “And really, really infill the whole lore behind Snoke because I think there’s so much fertile ground that has yet to be covered.”
When we last saw Supreme Leader Snoke, he was only half the guy he used to be, unceremoniously cut in two by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in a fateful battle near the end of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, when the Sith apprentice turned on his mentor to take control of the First Order himself. Technically, the character did make in appearance in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, but that turned out to be some discarded clones of Snoke on Exegol, a subplot that was later fleshed out in comics and books.
As it turns out, Snoke was an experiment by Palpatine’s Sith followers, a cloned body that was supposed to contain his lifeforce. The experiment failed, and a surviving Snoke clone was used as a Sith Lord/mentor to Kylo Ren and a puppet leader of the First Order. Fans were hoping he had a much more interesting backstory (Hello, Darth Plagueis), and his premature death at the hands of Rian Johnson became an arguing point amongst fans upset that Lucasfilm did little planning-ahead on the Sequel Trilogy story between different writers and directors.
Andy Serkis achieved pop culture immortality playing Gollum in the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson with a groundbreaking motion-capture performance that blurred the line between CGI and reality. That opened the door to more motion capture work, including Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong, playing the big monkey himself. He followed that up with a fantastic performance as Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy, which many fans argued was Oscar-worthy.
He finally rid himself of the uncomfortable motion-capture suit with a live performance in the Marvel film Black Panther, as Ulysses Klaue, a role he later reprised for the animated Marvel series What If…? His other notable roles include 13 Going on 30 and The Batman, where he took on the iconic role of Alfred Pennyworth opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman/Bruce Wayne.