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Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke Official Character Photos

Two of the most enigmatic characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are finally getting an official photo release, as Disney/Lucasfilm have just released these new character stills

The movie has just passed Titanic and is now on the precipice of becoming the highest domestic grossing US film in history (un-adjusted with inflation) so there’s ‘No Spoilers’ as many of you will have already laid eyes on the barkeeper Maz Kanata and the Supreme Leader Snoke.

Prior to this release, the only publicly available shots were of Lupita Nyong’o in her performance capture make-up as Maz, a tiny glimpse of her on the official film poster and a fraction of a second in a Japanese trailer. Andy Serkis also was only seen in Mo-Cap gear for his shadowy ruler of The First Order.

But now we have a new shot of the orange-skinned piratess owner of the now destroyed Castle located on the planet of Takodana, and two showing the ominous hologram of the damaged visage of Snoke.

In a recent interview Nyong’o said Maz’s eyes, which are augmented by a series of adjustable lenses, gave her something compelling to explore about the little alien’s physicality. “As an actor for films, your eyes are a lot of the way you communicate anyway,” says Nyong’o. “So it was definitely a gift to have that be the means to her magic as a motion-capture character.”

Nyong’o and Serkis didn’t share any scenes, but the two worked closely together, since the actor has pioneered performance capture acting through his previous cinematic roles.

“The biggest advice he gave me, that was so important to hold on to, is a motion-capture character you develop the same way as any other. You have to understand who the character is and what makes them who they are,” she says.

Serkis said he sympathized with fans who were dying to know more about Snoke before the film’s debut. That’s how he felt when he started, too. “It’s the first time I’ve been on set not yet knowing what the character’s gonna look like. I mean, talk about secrecy!” 

“When we first started working on it, he had some rough notions of how Snoke was gonna look, but it really hadn’t been fully formed and it almost came out of discussion and performance,” Serkis added.

Although there was much speculation about who Snoke might turn out to be (one popular theory was that he’d turn out to be a Sith Lord known from the prequels as Darth Plagueis the Wise

The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise

Serkis said the character was aware of the events from the earlier films but was a new addition to the storyline.

“Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful,” Serkis says. “Obviously he has a huge agenda. He has suffered a lot of damage. As I said, there is a strange vulnerability to him, which belies his true agenda, I suppose.”

It’s also clear from the character’s scarred, cavernous face why prosthetic make-up wasn’t an option. As Serkis explained before anyone outside the film saw Snoke, it could only have been played through motion-capture. “The scale of him, for instance, is one reason,” Serkis said. “He is large. He appears tall. And also just the facial design — you couldn’t have gotten there with prosthetics. It’s too extreme. Without giving too much away at this point, he has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone structure and facial structure. You could never have done it [in real life.]”

One recent revelation comes from YouTube Adam Underkofler who’s created a video, which suggests that John Williams’ musical theme for the “Darth Plagueis” seen in Revenge of the Sith is virtually identical to the one which was used for Snoke’s debut in The Force Awakens.

Sadly we’ll have to wait until Episode VIII, which starts shooting this month and debuts in May 2017, to learn more. Hopefully there will be plenty more Maz and Snoke to go around.

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The First Order Assembles

The newly released TV Spot shown on the new Star Wars Korean YouTube Channel has a 30-second clip contains Supreme Leader Snoke’s (Andy Serkis) same voiceover from the first teaser, with much of the footage recycled from the second. There’s actually only one new shot: A sweeping look at The First Order (above), and it looks like quite the force to be reckoned with. It also looks like Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and possibly General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) looking out over all those stormtroopers from the platform.

Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, a cruel leader of The First Order who craves to show the galaxy his might. (This image was briefly shown at Comic-Con but never released in detail until now on the Star Wars Facebook page)

Inside this shimmering armor is a warrior for The First Order, Captain Phasma (played by Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones). Her character’s name has an unexpected origin…so JJ says

Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) strikes a pose with his homemade lightsaber. It turns out, his true identity has been masked from us in more ways than one …he’s also part of The Knights of Ren

Kylo Ren amongst the smoldering ruins of a Jakku Village

They’ve even released some new shot of our old friends, but in a new time and place. R2-D2 seems to have hardly changed, but C-3PO (still played by Anthony Daniels) now sports an unexplained red arm.

Also the shot of Poe Dameron that was shown at Comic-Con, which shows his Black X-Wing and more importantly Gonk is BACK...Hurrah!!! …But there’s a reason the X-Wing fighter is black, but J.J. Abrams wants to keep that a mystery for now. Stealth tech?

Some new images from the Star Wars Facebook account, the best one is the stormtrooper taking aim at Ray & Finn…no bets on if his misses 🙂