Andy Serkis will play a character called Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to a post on the official Star Wars website today.
You can see Serkis, as photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, in motion capture gear above. Lupita Nyong’o will also play a motion-captured character in The Force Awakens.
Serkis was among the movie’s cast announced in April 2014. Known more for his motion capture work than his real-life appearance, Serkis is a veteran of movies like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, where he played Gollum. More recently, he played Ulysses Klaw in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the video game world, Serkis played Monkey in developer Ninja Theory’s Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and he’s set to play the villain in Volume.
For more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens — which hits theaters on Dec. 18 — be sure to read our coverage of George Lucas’ original plan for the new film trilogy, what Apple has to do with stormtroopers and the possible return of Lando Calrissian.
source: Yahoo News, polygon.com