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Andy Serkis Reveals How He Came Up With Snoke's Voice For The Last Jedi

Earlier this week, Star Wars fans rejoiced at the release of the newest trailer for The Last Jedi, which featured the adorable Porgs, a heart-stopping final line, and a glimpse at the foreboding Supreme Leader Snoke. Where we saw the mysterious character in hologram form in 2015's The Force Awakens, we'll get to watch him in the flesh come December. However, not much is known about him—apart from his booming voice, that is. 

Andy Serkis, the man behind Supreme Leader Snoke, recently sat down with Business Insider to reveal how he created the character's deep and sinister voice, which is prominently featured in the film's recently released trailer. 

"When I first worked on it with [The Force Awakens director] J.J. [Abrams] there was an evolving design of the character. It was going through lots of changes. But it's all about where a character carries his pain, or aggression, or emotional centers, and with Snoke it was very much there [putting his hands to the back of his head]," Serkis explained. "And his skull has got this big scar in the front, so for me it was a fracturing. He's got this cleft in his head and I think it's very painful for him to speak and yet there's an imperiousness about him."

Serkis, who has brought to life many iconic characters like Gollum in the Lord of the Rings franchise and Ceasar in the Planet of the Apes film series, summed up his thoughts on Snoke by stating that he is "severely damaged" but as a "vulnerability that's he's trying to cover." Ultimately, that characterization helped shape how Snoke's voice came to be.

We can hear more of Snoke's chills-inducing voice, and perhaps discover the real source of his pain, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15.