In their final article toady on “The Last Jedi,” Entertainment Weekly gave us a look at Snoke’s protectors, the Praetorian Guards, as well as put to rest one rumor we’ve been hearing about Snoke.
Here is what Rain Johnson told Entertainment Weekly about Snoke and the Praetorian Guards:
“They’re his personal guards,” Johnson says. “They stick with [Snoke]. So they’re essentially bodyguards.”
“The Emperor’s guards were very formal, and you always got the sense that they could fight, but they didn’t. They looked like they were more ceremonial, and you never really saw them in action. The Praetorians, my brief to [costume designer] Michael Kaplan was that those guys have to be more like samurai. They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to. They have to seem dangerous.”
In regards to how much we’ll learn about Snoke in “The Last Jedi,” Rian Johnson says, “Similar to Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story. And a story is not a Wikipedia page. For example, in the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader. Then in the prequels, you knew everything about Palpatine because his rise to power was the story. We’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to.”
One of the rumors we’ve heard about Snoke in “The Last Jedi” was that there may be some shots where he is a puppet. But Rian Johnson confirms here that he will be completely CG in the film. “It’s entirely a mo-cap performance. Creature designer Neal Scanlan built a maquette that we had on set for lighting reference and to give the actors a sense of what it was going to feel like. And then we scanned that and Industrial Light & Magic used that in their renderings, but Snoke will be an entirely CG creation.”
Be sure to check out the full article on Snoke and the Praetorian Guards over at Entertainment Weekly, who will also have more on “The Last Jedi” tomorrow.