'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Details about Andy Serkis' character Revealed

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He's played Gollum, King Kong and the ape that caused the Planet of the Apes -; and now Andy Serkis has been revealed to be the man in charge of... something in this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

StarWars.com has revealed that Serkis' character in the new movie will be called Supreme Leader Snoke, and that the performance will be motion-captured, premiering a new photograph from Annie Liebovitz of the actor taken during production for Vanity Fair.

Quite what Snoke is the Supreme Leader of is officially unrevealed, but it seems likely that he's the man behind the First Order, the Force Awakens' replacement for the Galactic Empire of the franchise's original trilogy. Whether this makes him the new Emperor, or perhaps the next Darth Vader, remains to be seen, however.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Details about Andy Serkis' character Revealed
Photo by: KGC-138/STAR MAX/IPx 4/21/15 Andy Serkis at the premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron". (London, England, UK)
Andy Serkis holds the award for Best Actor as he poses for photographers during the 20th Jameson Empire Film Awards at the Grosvenor Hotel in central London, Sunday March 29, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 2011 TCF/Chernin Entertainment film with Andy Serkis as Caesar
Andy Serkis arrives at he 8th Annual Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT - Director Matt Reeves, left, actor Andy Serkis, center, and actor Toby Kebbell discuss behind-the-scenes content from the upcoming Digital HD and Blu-ray release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes during the global media day at the InterContinental Hotel on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is available on Digital HD starting Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, and Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images)
Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis seen at a ceremony honoring Peter Jackson with a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Monday, December 08, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Second Unit Director, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)

Although Serkis' character has remained unnamed to this point -; and is still unseen, unless audiences have had a glimpse in one of the trailers without knowing it -; he has been heard; Serkis provided the narration to the movie's first teaser trailer, released last November. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, he teased that although he couldn't say much about the character, "he's been through some stuff."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released Dec. 18.

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