Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Says We Will Learn “As Much About Snoke As We Need To”

by Erik Amaya


It’s a Star Wars day around the internet as Entertainment Weekly delivered photos and insights from the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While there’s plenty to pour through, one element quickly caught my attention: Johnson’s comments on Supreme Leader Snoke.

Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw release, speculation on the First Order boss was at a fever pitch with fans suggesting he might be the Emperor’s old master, Darth Plagueis, or a heavily scarred and fallen Mace Windu. Recently, people have begun to suspect Snoke may even be Anakin Skywalker himself through some sort of Dark Side magic.

Personally, I hope he’s just some Force-senstive dude named Snoke who managed to cajole enough of the Imperial Remanent to his side and become a power in his own right. Of course, Star Wars is often a very insular and familiar affair, so it’s understandable why fans believe Snoke is someone we’ve seen or heard about in a prior film.

But whatever your theory might be, Johnson told the site elements of Snoke’s backstory will only be revealed if they are relevant to the conflict in The Last Jedi. “Similar to Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story. And a story is not a Wikipedia page,” he said. He compared the parsing out of information to the way the Emperor was shrouded in mystery until the Prequel Trilogy actively told the story of his rise to power. He added, “we’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to.”

At the same time, Snoke will be a participant in the events of the film, appearing in the CGI-rendered flesh. Johnson credited actor Andy Serkis with bringing the character to life and generating palpable menace. I certainly hope that’s true as Snoke was such a distant presence last time around, reflecting the way the entire First Order felt like an also-ran cosplay group.

No matter what, fans will learn more concrete details about Snoke and his plans for the galaxy when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15th.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.