The U.S. President Who Loosely Inspired Supreme Leader Snoke's Look
J.J. Abrams couldn’t have predicted how much attention Star Wars fans have paid to the new characters introduced in The Force Awakens. Sure, there was a nostalgic rush to seeing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia (Carris Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) back in action. But fans have spent the weeks following the release of The Force Awakens analyzing Poe, Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren and, especially, Supreme Leader Snoke, looking for any new detail. Well, we have some more Snoke information for you.
During a recent conversation with ILM visual effects artists Rogert Guyett and Pat Tubach, we probed for specific details on the mysterious Snoke. In doing so, we learned that a large part of his visual presentation was lifted from Abraham Lincoln… or, specifically, the monument to Lincoln that sits in Washington, DC. As Guyett told me:
"Honest" Abe Lincoln certainly stood taller than most, and it has been implied in various articles that Snoke, in his normal (non-hologram) form is taller than the rest. It’s nice that Guyett and Tubach confirm Snoke’s use of hologram technology – putting that rumor of him possibly being a "Force Ghost" to rest. They also talked a bit about how advancements in the technology might have affected how Snoke presented himself, It certainly affected how they, as visual artists, approached making him appear when he spoke with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). Guyett explained:
Supreme Leader Snoke appears to be a driving force (no pun intended) of the new trilogy that JJ Abrams started with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His look is partially inspired by Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial, and he’s definitely a hologram. How much power will he wield? What role will he play in Kylo Ren’s development? We’ll find out more when Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters on May 26, 2017.
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