It’s safe to say that the Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars: The Last Jedi looked a bit different from the version we saw in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This could be from seeing him in hologram form as opposed to in-person, but according to The Last Jedi visual effects supervision, Ben Morris, Snoke’s The Last Jedi appearance was on track to look even more different:
“Rian got a sculpt done by the creature team, which completely transformed the look of Snoke away from the almost gelatinous zombie look that was in The Force Awakens, and stamped him into the real world. We had that maquette on set, and we also made sure that we had an older actor who we could shoot on every time we had a shot. So we would have Andy Serkis in his performance capture outfit. He’d have a head-mounted camera system on–we actually had four cameras, two stereo pairs watching his face. We were capturing his body movements, and we had two or three witness cameras in addition, so we covered all of that. We also had this reference maquette, and then an older age person and a younger, very tall actor, who wore the incredible golden gown–which, again, is entirely CG in the film.”
But these moves didn’t quite make the final cut, as things changed once again in the post-production process. Morris continued:
“Rian went into editorial and started cutting together the sequences. Andy’s got this wonderful resonant voice, and we started to watch the whole thing come together without any CG Snoke in there. It was working beautifully well. As Mike and the team started to put together CG Snoke per the sculpt that had been approved, we suddenly realized that he was a far more imposing character. Andy’s voice gave a sense of a larger chest cavity. His throat carried far more timbre. When you look to the CG model that we were building that matched the sculpt, he just looked too flimsy and frail. We had to put the brakes on and say, ‘We’re going to have to change this.’ We did a number of broader things–we made him over eight feet tall, rather than seven feet tall. We expanded his chest. We restructured all the anatomy of his throat, and we took some scoliotic curvature out of his spine that was a feature of the original sculpt. We also restructured his jawline, to give him more of an imposing face.”
Even though Snoke walked as if he were crippled, he was indeed very imposing, as Morris said. I thought the finished version of Snoke seen in the film looked great, gold lamé and all. His look, coupled with the look of his throne room is actually one of my favorite things about the film.
I also don’t think it is a coincidence that Snoke looked noticeably younger in The Last Jedi, just as Luke Skywalker did when he projected himself to Kylo Ren on Crait, meaning, I think Snoke was Force projecting when he was Darth Mauled in his own throne room, and that he will be back in Episode IX.
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