As fans around the world count down the days until Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens finally arrives in theaters, marketing for the film is currently ramping up. While there won't be another full trailer before the film's release, Disney has released a new TV spot, production images, and new character posters to peak fan's interest. And though The Force Awakens is already on track to be one of the highest-grossing films of all time, every new detail serves to whet our appetites and drive up advanced ticket sales.
We've learned quite a few details about the film from various marketing materials and tie-in merchandise, but the most exciting aspect of The Force Awakens is how much of the film is still a mystery. Despite longstanding rumors, Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) role in the new film is still largely unknown - and how exactly the new Star Wars characters relate to heroes from the original trilogy is the subject of many impassioned arguments.
Another unknown for the upcoming film is Supreme Leader Snoke, the motion-capture character portrayed by mo-cap master Andy Serkis. Aside from the fact that he is a powerful servant of the Dark Side and works with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), little is known about Snoke. The character narrated the first Episode VII trailer, but the promotional materials have yet to even show his face. However, a new piece of concept art may have finally revealed Snoke's identity.
Indie Revolver has released a new image of Snoke (click the above link) that the site claims is an early version of the character. It's important to note that this is not an official image and might represent a discarded character design or be a well-crafted fake. That said, there's reason to trust Indie Revolver's sources. After all, the site revealed the existence of a chrome storm trooper long before Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma was ever officially announced.
Snoke appears to belong to an alien species not yet seen in the Star Wars movie universe - reptilian in nature and resembling a snake. He wears dark robes, as one would expect of a powerful member of the Dark Side. Though it's hard to tell his body type from the image, it's plausible that the character will be acrobatic based on rumors about Snoke (and his Force-using capabilities).
This could very well be what Snoke looked like at one point in production, but the odds of the Supreme Leader sporting this exact look in the final cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are slim. It's a bit too on the nose, for Snoke to look so much like a snake. However, even if its just an early concept image, seeing the evolution of the character's appearance will be enjoyable in its own right. Odds are we won't get a proper look at Snoke until December 18th, so for now rumors and speculation will have to suffice.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Indie Revolver