Andy Serkis Opens Up About Leaving Sequel Trilogy Behind For New ‘Star Wars’ Role

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Kino Loy and Cassian Andor "On Program"

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Andy Serkis finally discusses his new role in Diego Luna’s Andor and confirms some essential details about his character.

Andy Serkis as Kino Loy in 'Star Wars: Andor'
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Tony Gilroy promised fans that he wouldn’t do fanservice, but that didn’t stop him from bringing in some notable Star Wars characters and actors. Fans already saw Forest Whitaker make a cameo as Saw Gerrera due to Luthen Rael trying to sell some hardware to him.

Now, fans see Andy Serkis as a new character called Kino Loy in prison on Narkina Five with Cassian Andor and Melshi, one of the Rebel pathfinders in Rogue One (2016). Serkis is well-known more for his CGI work as Supreme Leader Snoke in the Sequel Trilogy. The actor has also played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy.

Snoke getting killed with lightsaber
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Fans were shocked to see Serkis back in Star Wars since his last character was chopped in half by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, but now the actor is showing his face and isn’t the first Star Wars actor to play another role in the universe. This led to some fans wondering if Snoke’s background might be changed and that Serkis played the same character before he became disfigured and no longer human.

Fans desperately wanted this to become true despite Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker (2019) making it clear that Snoke was a proxy for Palpatine until the Sith Lord returned. With all of the recent retcons to Star Wars canon by Dave Filoni, it makes sense that fans could ignore this fact, but Andy Serkis decided it was time to clarify if Kino Loy was indeed Snoke.

(L-R): Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Kino Loy (Andy Serkis), Ulaf (Christopher Fairbank) and Jemboc (Brian Bovell) in Lucasfilm's ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
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During an interview, Serkis shared that the two characters aren’t related and completely different and Star Wars Holocron shared the quote online:

Andy Serkis on theories that his character in #Andor is Snoke “[Kino] is definitely not related in any way, shape, or form to Snoke. Let’s just get that clear.”

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Andor finally proved in Episode 9 – “Nobody’s Listening!” that the prison Kino Loy and Cassian are in doesn’t let any prisoner leave, which has set up that Kino and Cassian will be working together to ensure that they can escape with the fantastic line confirming “no more than twelve” guards on every level.

The next episode will include a massive moment for the series, and it could also be the last time fans see Serkis as Kino Loy if he doesn’t make it. After the next episode, there’s a good chance that Serkis has spent more time as Kino Loy than Supreme Leader Snoke. With Snoke’s return questionable for future spinoffs, it’s great to see Serkis involved with Star Wars again.

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(Center, left): Kino Loy (Andy Serkis) in Lucasfilm's ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
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Here’s an official synopsis for the new Star Wars series: 

Andor, a tense nail-biting spy thriller created by Tony Gilroy, is set to arrive on Disney+ in 2022. Diego Luna, reprising the role of rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be joined by a fantastic new cast that includes Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma.

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