A month after its release, and we still can't get enough of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now that practically the entire world has seen the film and the Internet is a safe space once again, those who were involved in bringing us The Force Awakens are happily sharing bits of fascinating behind-the-scenes information.
In a recent interview with Cinemablend, Roger Guyett, an artist with Industrial Light & Magic (IML), revealed the inspiration behind one of Star Wars' most mysterious antagonists.
As it turns out, their team modeled Supreme Leader Snoke's appearance from to a piece of United States history: Abraham Lincoln. Specifically, the feeling of standing before the Lincoln Memorial.
"Imagine when you’re a kid or whatever, you go up and you stand in front of the Lincoln Memorial. And you see old Lincoln in a huge chair. There’s a certain quality about that. So, that was certainly sort of part of the inspiration for it all."
If you were like me, the first glimpse of Supreme Leader Snoke had you questioning the new character's statuesque size. It wasn't until a few moments later, when Snoke disappeared, that we knew for sure Kylo Ren wasn't actually standing before a Force-sensitive giant.
If there was any remaining confusion regarding his size, Guyett confirmed that Snoke is, in fact, a hologram. Thus trumping any theories that his translucent appearance indicates a dark Force ghost in our midst.
"The idea really in that opening scene is sort of like, ‘What is going on here. Ok, it’s a hologram. Is he really this big?’ OK, once you figure out that it’s a hologram, of course it’s like, ‘Well how big is he?’ He is a hologram."
Considering we know so little about Supreme Leader Snoke, Guyett stated that he will, of course, become a pivotal character in the upcoming sequels and that all will come to light in due time.
"The thing that I think will be revealed in future movies is more of, you know, you’re probably seeing more of Snoke. Obviously he’s an ongoing character and a lot of those things I think your fans and people on your site or whatever are analyzing, will be discussed. A lot of that stuff will be revealed in the future."
I guess we'll just have to wait until 2017 to learn more about Kylo Ren's master. At least we'll be able to re-watch The Force Awakens in the meantime.