Andy Serkis’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ character revealed

Actor and motion capture specialist will play a 'supreme leader' in JJ Abrams' 'Star Wars' film

The name of Andy Serkis’s character in this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been revealed.

The actor and motion capture specialist will play a character called Supreme Leader Snoke in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars film. The character’s name was revealed in an interview with photographer Annie Leibowitz on the official Star Wars website alongside a new picture of Serkis filming in his motion capture suit – see below. However, the interview offers no good indication as to what Serkis’s Supreme Leader Snoke will look like when he appears on screen.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18 this year and takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. All plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.

Alongside Serkis and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow. The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered in December and has now racked up over 100m views on YouTube. A second trailer followed last month (April).

In March Disney confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed by an eighth Star Wars film, currently untitled, in 2017. It will be preceded in 2016 by a spin-off film titled Rogue One starring The Theory Of Everything actress Felicity Jones.