The newest issue of Empire sheds light on the elusive villain from The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke. The cover story covers some new details regarding Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and sheds a little light on the direction the franchise is going with is head villain.
According to Johnson, Snoke is 7’1″ and menacing, but The Last Jedi will leave him in the shadows:
“We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films he’s exactly what he needs to be, which is just ‘The Emperor’. He’s a dark force: the scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”
This means that Snoke’s origin will likely remain a mystery until Star Wars: Episode IX, which recently parted ways with director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). The departure signifies a big change coming for the Star Wars universe. The biggest of which is the sudden shift from new edgy directors helming Star Wars films, to more conservative choices. A replacement director has not been announced by Lucasfilm yet, but a shortlist should come soon.
Force Friday II happened recently, and shed light on a few details of the film through merchandising. According to Johnson, the merchandise doesn’t give away much from the mysterious film. There has yet to be an official synopsis released, leaving everyone in the dark on what The Last Jedi will actually be about.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Dailey Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Ascar Isaac, Carrie Fischer, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran.
The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.