There was lots of mystery about Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They are played by Lupita Nyong?o and Andy Serkis who were filmed using motion capture. Serkis didn?t even know what Snoke looked like when he started filming.
Minor spoilers ahead if you haven?t seen the film.
?It?s the first time I?ve been on set not yet knowing what the character?s gonna look like. I mean, talk about secrecy!? said Serkis to EW. ?When we first started working on it, he had some rough notions of how Snoke was gonna look, but it really hadn?t been fully-formed and it almost came out of discussion and performance.?
These new images of the characters have been released and it gives us a chance to have a good look at them I am intrigued to learn more about Snoke. He?s been knocking around for a while, but we know very little about him. Looks like the Jar Jar theory can be put to rest.
As we saw in the original films, a hologram doesn?t mean he is necessarily going to be a giant when we eventually meet him in the flesh (although he may well be). To me he looks similar to the Grand Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels Season 1. Could he be of the same race? A quick look at the StarWars Wiki says that would be a Pau?an. We already saw them in Revenge of the Sith when Obi-Wan chats to one, so maybe Snoke isn?t one after all.
With regards Maz, I hope we see more of her in Episode 8. As she has been around for 1000 years she could even turn up in Rogue One.
What are your thoughts on both characters? Did they work well? Do you have any theories on what Snoke has been up to behind the scenes?