Andy Serkis' Star Wars character revealed

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Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

British actor Andy Serkis will appear in the role of Supreme Leader Snoke in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The identity of Andy Serkis' character in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has been revealed.

The 51-year-old British actor will appear in the role of Supreme Leader Snoke in the J.J. Abrams-directed movie, which is set for release later this year.

Although specific details of the film's plotline remain a closely-guarded secret, it's already been speculated that Serkis' on-screen character could be the villain in the much-anticipated sci-fi movie.

News of Serkis' casting comes shortly after Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o said she is thrilled that she gets to appear as a "space cadet" in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The 32-year-old star revealed she'll realise a childhood dream when she appears as Maz Kanata - a pirate and galactic traveler - in the new movie.

She shared: "I am super excited to be moving to another planet for a while.

"As a child, I was always interested in make-believe. I was known to hide in closets and play with dolls while other kids were outside riding bikes."

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - which features cast members from the original series, such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill - will debut in December.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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