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    There are more and more familiar faces in the ‘Star Wars’ galaxy far, far away, but no, Tony Gilroy’s ‘Andor’ has yet to gift us with a cameo from Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO in season one. Still, the sci-fi spy thriller heads into its season finale, and things are looking dire for Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and the emerging Rebel Alliance.


    If having villains like Denise Gough’s Dedra Meero and Kyle Soller’s Syril Karn teaming up doesn’t worry Cassian, what if he crosses paths with a certain Supreme Leader? ‘Andor’ fulfilled rumors that there was a role for Andy Serkis, aka Snoke. Make no mistake, though: the return of the sequel trilogy’s villain isn’t exactly what happens in Andor.

    After an early victory against the Empire, ‘Narkina 5’ put our heroes in dire straits, with Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) cutting his ties with Ferrix and Cassian locked away in the lunar prison the episode is named after. This facility is an Orwellian nightmare in which Cassian is assigned to Unit Five-Two-D to work on a production line all day and play ‘The Floor is Lava’ all night. The group of prisoners is ruled by the tyrannical Kino Loy, who is also a convict, the new role of Andy Serkis.

    Talking with Vanity FairSerkis explained that he was concerned that some might think it’s a Snoke origin story and overshadow his ‘Star Wars’ debut with his own face: “I was a little confused on whether to do it or not, but it was just because I love ‘Rogue. One. I really loved the grounding of that movie in a world that felt both real and epic.”

    Clearly, there’s nothing connecting the scarred Supreme Leader and Loy, with Serkis saying the latter is on the “opposite end of the spectrum” to Snoke. Expanding on what drives Loy, Serkis added: “What I envisioned from Kino’s backstory, before he was in prison, is that he was a union leader. He’s used to working as a foreman. I wanted him to come from a place where he was jailed for maybe standing up for workers’ rights, and then put in a position of authority because that’s what he does. He’s a natural leader. But really he just wants to serve his time. He has a family.”

    Despite his work ethic, it seems likely that Loy will die before he sees freedom. On the other hand, we know that the fact that Cassian’s six-year sentence would take him well beyond the events of ‘Rogue One’ suggests that a prison break is on the horizon. If this is the case, a hardened grouch like Kino would be perfect for the Rebellion.

    Serkis joins Star Wars actors who have pulled double duty in different roles. In addition to original Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bullock playing Captain Colton in ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ Anthony Daniels has his legacy as C-3PO and Tak in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ while the legendary Warwick Davis also played multiple roles in ‘The Phantom Menace,’ as well as ‘Return of the Jedi,’ ‘The Force Awakens,’ ‘Rogue One,’ ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Solo,’ and ‘The Rise of Skywalker’.


    It is well known that Mark Hamill is not limited to playing Luke Skywalker either. In addition to voicing Darth Bane in “The Clone Wars” as well as an uncredited droid in “The Mandalorian,” he has had a secret role in every “Star Wars” movie since 2015.

    As for Snoke, the supposed big bad of the sequel trilogy was an evil MacGuffin who was killed off in Rian Johnson’s divisive The Last Jedi. He was awkwardly made relevant in a few seconds shot during the reveal of Palpatine’s plan in The Rise of Skywalker, with the clones of him, while some even spotted a possible connection in The Mandalorian. Remember when Mando and company find out that Doctor Pershing (Omid Abtahi) has been working on some strange creatures in bacta tanks? Even his theme song played.

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    There are many who will surely share Serkis’s relief that he hasn’t been left in ‘Andor’ like Snoke for fan service, and if Kino Loy sticks around a bit longer, he could follow in the footsteps of Rosario Dawson and Timothy Olyphant as more. What unique papers.

    Given that Star Wars remains committed to answering mysteries, such as ‘The Jedi Chronicles’ bringing back Yaddle, we’re sure there’s an origin story for Snoke somewhere. ‘Andor’ just isn’t the place to tell it. Then again, we could be completely wrong here, which means Kino Loy will have a horrible accident that a) raises him to a very high rank of power and b) turns him into Snoke.

    ‘Andor’ is broadcast every Wednesday on Disney + Spain.


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