What's really going on with Supreme Leader Snoke? That was one of the great mysteries leading into The Last Jedi after the shadowy figure was first introduced in The Force Awakens. None of our questions about the scarred old man in the fancy gold robe were answered, though. Which leads us to Star Wars 9. Will director J.J. Abrams give fans the satisfaction they are looking for when it comes to this enigmatic character?
New concept art has been floating around, and various sources close to the project are letting certain details leak about what we can expect in the movie. Apparently Abrams knows fans want answers after The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson abandoned quite a lot of what was set up in The Force Awakens. Instead of pulling back the curtain on who Supremer Leader Snoke really was, Johnson had Kylo Ren kill his master, slicing him in half with a lightsaber.
Some fans expect that Snoke will be resurrected, or that he's still alive some how. That's not going to happen. Going off the concept art that has been seen, J.J. Abrams is going to be using quite a few flashbacks in this movie. And one of the flashbacks is going to revolve around a young Snoke, perhaps before he was a Supreme Leader. He no longer has his injuries. He has thinning blonde hair.
The image, which depicts a key scene in the movie, shows Snoke sitting on a raised platform. He is wearing a dark cloak that looks just like Emperor Palpatine's from Return of the Jedi. He is surrounded by three other dark, cloaked individuals. These are suspected to be his other apprentices before he took on Kylo Ren. It is known that Snoke had at least one other apprentice before taking young Ben Solo under his wing. And we'll get to see that here.
Though dressed in a black robe, Snoke hasn't abandoned his flamboyant side, as we saw him dressed in his gold robe in The Last Jedi. Here, he is wearing purple gloves that would make Prince envious. The idea floating around, that has supposedly leaked from the Lucasfilm camp, is that JJ. Abrams is going to finally reveal Snoke is Darth Plagueis, the Dark Sith Lord Palpatine told Anakin about, who was so powerful and so wise, he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life.
Having Snoke revealed as Plagueis is one of the ways Abrams plans on tying the prequel trilogy together with the original trilogy, and bringing it all back around to The Force Awakens trilogy. It's the circle that George Lucas has always spoken about in making these movies connect. Rumors claim that George Lucas was brought into consult on this movie, and this idea has his fingerprints alI over it.
It is widely known (I guess, this is the first I'm hearing about it) that JJ. Abrams and the Lucasfilm camp really want Ed Harris in Star Wars 9. Many believe it's to play this younger version of Snoke with blond thinning hair. Why not have Andy Serkis play him? Because they want a human, and Ed Harris looks more like Snoke, which is a CGI motion-capture character. As of now, there is no sign that Ed Harrirs has signed onto the sequel.
There will apparently be more flashbacks. Which could mean that we will actually see Han, Luke and Leia all on screen together one last time. But with Carrie Fisher gone, and Harrison Ford seemingly done with this franchise, that sounds like a fanboy's dried up dream. We will, however, probably get a scene of young Luke, shortly after Return of the Jedi, and it's said that there will be a scene where Luke is seen taking Ben Solo in to train as a Jedi for the first time.
Star Wars is currently underway in England, shooting at the Cardington Airship Sheds in Bedfordshire. There, scenes with Rey, Finn, Poe and Lando are being shot. It is believed that the Resistance are hiding at the old Massassi outpost on Yavin IV. And that it gets attacked, sending our heroes on the run. As Star Wars 9 continues to shoot, more intel is suspected to leak. You can head over to Zeroh's Youtube for more info on the impending sequel.