Andy Serkis says he'd be "very happy" to reprise his role of Supreme Leader Snoke in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars 9. Many Star Wars fans were disappointed that Rian Johnson chose not to delve into the backstory of Snoke and feel that the character was a missed opportunity for those who were looking for a Darth Vader-type of villain in The Last Jedi. J.J. Abrams was the one to introduce the character, will he bring him back for some possible flashbacks?
Andy Serkis recently revealed that he loved playing the Snoke character in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi while also expressing interest in making a return for the final installment in the new trilogy. Serkis says he'd be happy to "extend Snoke's life," which isn't surprising. Serkis also says he enjoyed the relationship that the villain had with Daisy Ridley's Rey. The actor explains.
"It's a great character, and I'd be keen. I know it frustrated a lot of people that Snoke came to such a sticky end so quickly, but I loved that big scene and the relationship between Daisy Ridley's character and Snoke, and where it goes from there and what escalates from that moment, you know the fight that kicks off after that. So, I really think it's great in the movie, but yeah, I could quite happily, I'd be very happy to extend Snoke's life for sure."
But will Snoke come back for Star Wars 9? It seems unlikely at this time, especially since Serkis recently admitted that he has not spoken to J.J. Abrams yet. However, Abrams did just complete the script and filming isn't set to begin until this summer. It is entirely possible that Serkis could reprise his role of Snoke in the form of flashbacks. But for fans looking for more of the backstory of the villain, check out the novelization of The Last Jedi for some intel on Snoke.
2017 was a huge year for Andy Serkis, which started with War for the Planet of the Apes and the filming of Black Panther as well as his role as Snoke in The Last Jedi. Additionally, Serkis is preparing his Mowgli movie, which promises to be a darker take on The Jungle Book that is reportedly closer to the source material. The movie is set for release in October of this year and Serkis promises that a trailer will make its debut very soon. Rudyard Kipling's original book was a lot darker than Disney decided to go with the story and fans of the book have been waiting for a faithful adaptation of Kipling's book and with a PG-13 rating, Mowgli may be the movie to do it right.
As previously noted, Andy Serkis spent part of 2017 filming for Black Panther, which is the biggest movie in the world currently. The record breaking Marvel movie features Serkis as the villainous Ulysses Klaue in a rare non-motion capture role. And although his screen time is short, it's intense and unforgettable. You can check out the rest of the interview with Andy Serkis talking about the return of Snoke as well as the upcoming Mowgli via The Hollywood Reporter.