Andy Serkis Still Hasn’t Read the Star Wars: Episode VIII Script


Andy Serkis who brought Lord of the Rings trilogy character Gollum to life, then made us believe that he was Caesar in the Planet of the Apes prequels has set the bar for Motion-capture acting in the film industry. The immensely talented actor, playing the role of a major villain seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last December is set to reprise his role as Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: Episode VIII.


Disney has been known to go to great lengths to prevent spoilers from being leaked. In fact in a interview with the Daily Telegraph back in June of 2014 Director J.J. Abrams revealed:


“my office … I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing.” He paused, before adding: “it seems rather extreme.”


As a guest on Conan O’Brien on TBS, actor Andy Serkis discussed some of the secrecy involved in the filming of Star Wars Episode VII.


“Security is so tight on that film, I don’t know what it is you’re doing.
I don’t think you’re allowed to say anything.” he said


Even Recently, the executives of Episode VIII have been so afraid­ of information and images of the set being leaked to social media, cast and crew are having a special covering added over the camera phone lenses. reported a few days ago that one source said:


“After going through routine checks, security­ staff will put a piece of tape over your phone, camera or whatever­ to seal the lens.
“When you exit they will check the tape to make sure it has not changed colour.“It sounds drastic, but Disney want to protect their secrets so fans won’t have the film ruined. It’s easier to enforce one rule for all.”


Filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII which began last month at Pinewood Studios near London and in Croatia also had the phones of stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega included in the extreme measures. It seems even the films major stars aren’t exempt from secrecy.


Does the secrecy of the film have anything to do with what Serkis talked about this Sunday at an awards presentation?




BBC.CO.UK is reporting that he hasn’t even been given a copy of the film’s script. Could the level of secrecy be even more than Star Wars Episode VII offered?


The actor spoke briefly on Sunday at the Empire Awards regarding his stage of involvement in production thus far.


When questioned his wife Lorraine Ashbourne spoke out first and said


“I don’t get to know anything, he doesn’t tell me a thing.”

Andy replied “Well that’s because I don’t know anything…. I’m due to be filming and I haven’t even seen the script yet.”


While a sense of mystery behind this news is all well and good, we still got quite a long time before the film’s release to figure out why he hasn’t read the script thus far.


Star Wars: Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnson, will be released December 15, 2017.



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86 thoughts on “Andy Serkis Still Hasn’t Read the Star Wars: Episode VIII Script

  • March 21, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    So Snoke is going to mime his way through the film then.

    • March 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Or scenes with Serkis are going to be filmed later. He’s most probably going to be involved in this Mexican cave shoot, which will be done this summer, so there’s no need to show the script to him now. Learning your role isn’t such a difficult process.

      • March 21, 2016 at 11:34 pm

        As a guitar player with over 10 years of experience. Yes I can pick up a new song pretty quickly by ear or even by reading the music written out. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve mastered the nuances that make the song the song. That just means its easy to pick up the part I have to play. Same with learning a role. To say its easy to learn the character inside out is amateur in my opinion. To learn a character role is easy. To add depth, history, reason and intent to the character is another level.
        And if its not so difficult, where is your Academy Award?

        • March 22, 2016 at 1:37 am

          I’m not pursuing a career in acting, so I don’t expect to win any Oscar in the future. 😉

          I know it gets time to prepare for the role, but if someone has skills and experience (like Andy Serkis,) he/she will take less time to prepare for the role. I’m certain that Serkis will get the script at such a moment that he will have plenty of time to learn AND get into the role.

        • March 22, 2016 at 5:02 am

          u mad bro?

          • March 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm

            u wot m8?

        • March 22, 2016 at 6:39 am

          I didn´t know that a secondary role, with some few lines, less than 10 minutes on screen, in an SciFi Action movie, needed one year to prepare a role… 😀

          Even knowing that, if I am experienced as Serkis is and I know the script, I would say in any case that I have not read it to avoid questions, right?

  • March 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    At least Zack Snyder is not directing. Poor DC fans.

    • March 21, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      How is that relevant? Go fuck yourself

    • March 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I was amazed at how back Man of Steel was

      • March 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

        What exactly was bad about Man of Steel?

        • March 22, 2016 at 1:46 am

          The fact that none of the characters’ actions made any goddam sense.
          The lazy and clumsy obsession with Jesus symbolism
          They made Clark a tool.

          The action sequences were a DBZ lover’s dream come true, though. Goddam, they were cool.

        • March 22, 2016 at 5:02 am

          The Nolanism. The entire movie was so serious and obsessed with its own deep artiness. Watch Nostalgia Critic’s review, because it really lays it all out. You could also watch ralpthemoviemaker’s review as well.

    • March 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Dont be so sure about that. The early reviews of Batman v Superman are very good.

      • March 21, 2016 at 11:32 pm

        Those are fan reactions. That got to go a premiere of course they liked it.

        • March 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm

          We shall see. Im watching it on wednesday.

          • March 22, 2016 at 4:36 am

            Honestly, I wouldn’t worry. I’ve read a review, from an honest source, whom did NOT like Man of Steel, they rated it a D-.

            They said Batman v Superman is better in every conceivable way, it wasn’t just a fan reaction. They said the character, story, themes and ideas are all improved. It’s not as dark as lead to believe and described the tone as “overwrought” comparing it to the TONE of Fellowship of the Ring, with more humour than they expected, (Not as much as Marvel). It got away from the “Nolanisms” of Man of Steel. People will be surprised by Eisenberg, Gadot stole the show as Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck IS Batman and Bruce Wayne (They loved Bale’s Wayne, but not Batman) While Superman himself is closer to “Classic” Superman.
            They said the writing was much better, which they believe was due to the addition of Chris Terrio, while there are some moments of questionable dialogue.

            Direct quote “The key is that structurally the movie is sound and it has the fundamentals of story and character at functional levels and that’s really what was needed.”

            In the end. they said it’s good, a solid B rating and exactly what the DCEU needs right now.
            As well, they said the marketing screwed up royally. (There was also more surprise than they expected)

          • March 22, 2016 at 5:01 am

            Sounds good to me. I’m a huge fan of DC animation, so I’m glad to see that their live action is becoming better. A B is honestly more than I was hoping for.

        • March 23, 2016 at 12:31 am

          There are only 20 reviews in so far, but Rotten Tomatoes is showing 15 negative and only 5 positive out of those 20.

      • March 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

        Honestly, Suicide Squad is getting my anticipated attention. BvS will be a redbox rental.

      • March 23, 2016 at 12:32 am

        There are only 20 reviews in so far, but Rotten Tomatoes is showing 15 negative and only 5 positive out of those 20. Not off to a good start.

        • March 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

          Yea, its on 36% currently lol. Thankfully im not a comic book fan (the only one I liked was The Dark Knight, but thats because its a Nolan movie), so I don’t care too much anyways. But I really doubt it would suck THAT much.
          I mean even Twilight is higher currently… I can just hardly imagine its that bad.

    • March 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Bite your tongue! He could still get a spinoff.

      • March 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        After Dawn of Justice aka the most high profile critical flop in recent memory I highly doubt it.

        • March 25, 2016 at 3:54 am

          He’s doing both JL films and if Shamalamadingdong can keep working after over a decade of bombs, I can see him doing the same too.

  • March 21, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    could this possibly mean that we’ll encounter snoke in a similar setting in episode 8? more of an over-seer than being in the middle of the action? granted, the film isn’t due out till december 2017, so serkis definitely has plenty of time to film important scenes, perhaps even snoke in action..? just food for thought!

  • March 21, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I don’t know why,but I feel like Snoke is not that powerful at all,he is just the guy that pulls strings from the back,and I feel like Kylo is more powerful than Snoke,and that he will actually kill him,and be the main bad guy in episode 9

    • March 22, 2016 at 4:59 am

      Yeah, something like that. I imagine that Snoke is physically weaker than Ben, but like the Emperor, he has the knowledge and intellect to pull strings.

    • March 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      So what about the comment: ‘It is time to complete his training’?

      He must be powerful with the dark side if he turned, and trained, Kylo Ren

  • March 21, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    He will likely read the script when he goes to film it. No mystery here.

  • March 22, 2016 at 2:13 am

    I have a feeling snoke will still only be in a handful of scenes. Think about how much actual screen-time the emperor had in the entire OT, and until RotJ it was just speaking as a hologram. I think we will see snoke in person in this film, but I will be surprised if he has more than 15 min of screen time, so no need for Andy to be prepping too far in advance. (Also- since snoke is a mo-cap charcter I would imagine they do his scenes much later, close to when the VFX shots are being worked on)

    • March 22, 2016 at 4:47 am

      Didn’t see Sidious until right at the end of AotC.

      • March 22, 2016 at 4:57 am

        In person, that is. He was very present in hologram form and whatnot.

        • March 22, 2016 at 5:52 am

          I’m pretty sure the only time we see Sidious is right at the end of AotC. Sidious mind you, not Palpatine.

          • March 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

            (Oh God) What I’m saying is we only see Sidious once in AotC, hologram or otherwise. We see Sidious more than once in TPM, hologram or otherwise. Do I really need to spell it out?

          • March 22, 2016 at 7:36 pm

            Yes. Be more clear next time.

          • March 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm

            Yassum bossum.

          • March 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

            Good. Now get back to the fields….

          • March 23, 2016 at 5:46 am

            Shall I jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton?

          • March 22, 2016 at 6:46 pm

            “I want that treaty signed!”

            Sidious to Nute Gunray near the beginning of TPM.

  • March 22, 2016 at 7:12 am

    “Disney has been known to go to great lengths to prevent spoilers from being leaked”

    Uuuuhh, the security for Episode 7 sucked! The entire 3rd act was revealed 10 months before the movie premiered! It was scene for scene accurate. Even the deleted scene where Kylo Ren boarded the Falcon.


    • March 22, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Why anyone wants to know what happens in a movie before they see it in the sci fi realm baffles me.

      • March 23, 2016 at 2:08 am

        Who said I wanted to know what happens before I saw it? I’m simply pointing out that although Disney thought they went to great lengths to prevent spoilers from leaking, it didn’t work…

        • March 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

          When did I say YOU did?

  • March 22, 2016 at 8:06 am

    so, all this talk of “security” and we’ve got tons of pics and video; creatures, aliens, beasts, speeders, stunts, facades, ocean liners, etc. etc. from Dubrovnik? Is Dubrovnik even in the movie, or will it be the next Canstable Zuvio distraction?

  • March 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    is it Snoke or joke???? Such an awful baddie thus far. Hoping 8 can repair all the nonsense of 7. I’d just assume that Palps come back and wipe the floor with this Gollum looking freak.

    • March 22, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Such an awful baddie that appeared for a couple scenes in ONE MOVIE? Seriously, you’re finding any reason you can to hate him. He’s about as developed as Palps was in V, so I don’t see what the problem is.

      • March 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

        you can’t compare the two….you literally have the most bad-ass character in Vader, kneeling before his master which sets the stage for how wicked palps is.

        VII…the weakest dark side user ever is sent out to find Luke??? Immediately, what does that tell you about Snoke? Palps wouldn’t have ever sent anyone out that was untrained or that weak.

        • March 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

          Weakest dark side user ever? Give me a break. Just watch the rest trilogy and get back to me after 2019. You’re being ridiculous.

          • March 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            By far….I really can’t stand the character. We make fun of him all the time. But, that’s just how I feel.

          • March 23, 2016 at 1:59 am

            Because Vader was menacing! I didn’t invent him being whiny, I watched it unfold. And I’m not the only one who picked up on it. Didn’t he pitch a fit at one point? Didn’t a janitor hold his own for a few minutes? Didn’t a complete force noob kick his ass? He stopped a laser…which to be honest was a little goofy. Hey, you like him….good. But, I believe he’s the absolute worst I’ve seen.

          • March 23, 2016 at 2:34 am

            And you’re allowed to have your opinion of course. Even if it makes no sense. However, I feel the need to deconstruct it a bit.

            *Yeah, Vader was menacing. Kylo was also menacing to most people. However, Vader had no character development in ANH. Nowadays, everyone would complain about him being underdeveloped.

            *Kylo had an outburst of total rage. It shows the audience what he’s like. This is something called character.

            *Can you just NOT with the janitor crap right now? Finn had a *shift* doing sanitation on SKB. This was not his only job. He was actually one of the most powerful members of his unit.

            *Rey was strong in the force. Kylo had been shot in the gut with an explosive bowcaster. Maybe you just need to pay attention during the movie.

            *Stopping a laser bolt in mid-air is goofy? Give me a break.

            *He’s the absolute worst you’ve seen? The absolute worst?! Maul (for example) had no character, few lines, and was killed after just one movie.

            Sorry, had to rant a little.

          • March 23, 2016 at 2:54 am

            No worries! We’re both passionate about our likes. But…..Maul would destroy Ben Ren. And his facial expressions alone were better than Rens entire script.

            Sorry his outburst come across as whiny to several, that’s why it keeps coming up. But I respect that you like him, I just despise this version of Jacen Solo.

          • March 23, 2016 at 2:57 am

            Jacen Solo. Leelz.

          • March 23, 2016 at 3:11 am

            Huh? I’m old….

          • March 23, 2016 at 3:26 am

            That’s a way for us millenials to say “Golly, sir, that sure was neato!”

          • March 23, 2016 at 3:47 am

            You’re killing me…..

        • March 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm

          Kylo Ren being considerably weaker than Vader was one of more brilliant story hooks that Abrams and his crew pulled off. Abrams took on an insanely tricky job with E7: present a new villain to follow up Darth Vader. Darth-frickin’-Vader: one of the most infamous and threatening villains in all of entertainment history. How do you top him? How do you pull this off?

          You don’t.

          You don’t attempt to top Vader. Forget it. Again, we’re talking Darth Vader, here. So you create a character that can’t possibly match him for power, presence, or intimidation. And you make that same character realize all of those same things that we do. Abrams knew he’d have an audience thinking, “he can’t possibly top Darth Vader” so he develops a character who’s thinking, “I can’t possibly top Darth Vader.”

          That makes Kylo Ren a heck of a lot more interesting than the “bigger, badder” recipe that a lot of film makers (and a lot of fans) would have followed.

          • March 23, 2016 at 6:04 pm

            Good point, but it also created many issues. The biggest problem is his level of power is inconsistent. He and the KOR can take out Luke and the new jedi (which I still find ridiculous, especially at the age he’d had to have been) yet a janitor and noob whip him?
            I believe an outside threat would have been better, such as the vong. Then bringing in the remnants of the Empire to help at some point. …imo

          • March 23, 2016 at 6:43 pm

            Inconsistency is sort of the key to his character. His power is inconsistent, his emotions are inconsistent, his dedication to his cause seems inconsistent. The thing you’re criticizing is the thing that I think makes Kylo Ren so compelling.

            We really know very little about the massacre of the Jedi, so it’s a bit difficult to say with any certainty how realistic a plot devise it was. What we do know is that there were several Knights of Ren about which we know almost nothing. We also have little idea of how many Jedi Luke was training and how advanced in their training they were. Nor do we know the exact circumstances of the attack. It really doesn’t really work to make up our own minds about how this all went down, then judge the film according to our own suppositions.

            Finn hardly whooped Kylo Ren. He held his own, somewhat, for about 20 seconds against an injured and clearly rattled opponent. Ren did considerably better, but I think there’s a great deal more to her than we know.

          • March 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

            let’s see how 8 addresses many of these issues…it’ll be interesting. But I have to say that for me, I’m struggling to like this version of Jacen Solo.

          • March 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm

            But Kylo Ren is not Jacen Solo. They are two completely different characters. I liked a bit of the EU for what it was, but I just don’t think a lot of those stories would have translated all that well to the screen. The Vong war had some merits, but at the end of the day it was just an invasion story. Aside from their bio-technology, there just wasn’t much that made them anything other than monsters gunning for territory. It was fun at times, but there was nothing at all complex about the dynamics of what was occurring.

            But my thoughts of the EU aside, I’m glad that Lucasfilm went in the direction of fresh, new stories. I really, really didn’t want to see the movies that would continue the Star Wars story pulled from mediocre, often straight-to-paperback novels.

            But I agree that it’ll certainly be interesting to see what E8 rolls out. Good thing that Rogue One is arriving in the winter; I’m impatient enough as it is.

    • March 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Snoke or not, bringing back dead villains is about as weak a storytelling angle as one can get. Palpatine is dead. Let’s keep him that way.

      • March 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

        Unless they do something with Bane….

    • March 26, 2016 at 7:20 am

      wut? Snokes no joke. He was one of the best part of the film. You are simply over cynical about CGI which is stupid cause you are watching a sci fi movie in 2015. So stop acting like we are in the 80s and get your head out of your butt.

      • March 26, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        I could care less about the cgi….he looks like Gollum. …and sends out a half trained apprentice. Weak!

        • March 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

          Snoke has less than 3 minutes of screen time and you are judging him like this?

          • March 27, 2016 at 12:17 am

            Yep….by his actions.he is in charge?

          • March 27, 2016 at 1:24 am


          • March 27, 2016 at 2:14 am

            Is that too difficult?

        • March 26, 2016 at 11:53 pm

          Also define a half trained apprentice in an age that the jedi have been absent for 30 + years. Stop being overly negative.

          • March 27, 2016 at 12:21 am

            Not overly….let’s face it, he only half finished Ben Rens training and sent him out to be bested by a noob in the force and a janitorial storm trooper reject was able to spar with him for a few minutes. This is Jokes main guy, whom is a cry baby.

            Did Palps send anyone out half trained….nope! So, snoke is a joke.

          • March 27, 2016 at 1:27 am

            Is that the characters fault? Blame Kathleen Kennedy and here feminist crap. The character Rey was nothing but a feminist tool. At least Kylo Ren, Snoke and Hux felt starwarsish and not something from a Disney princess movie.

          • March 27, 2016 at 2:14 am

            Well duh…but we were discussing the character. Not the writers and such.

  • March 22, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I think what was so oft-putting about his TFA appearance aside fom the obvious shoddy early 90’s level CG work is that he looks like a discarded concept art version of The Engineer from Prometheus. I hope they either use their A team to render him next time, set it up that this not the real Snoke, or have Kylo kill him then take over after that.

    • March 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Since all we saw of him in TFA was supposed to be a hologram, they probably dumbed down the CGI on purpose.

    • March 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Just say prequel-level CGI, that says a lot more… Btw it was just a hologram.

      • March 23, 2016 at 11:08 pm

        In the Imperial days, Palpatine got pissy whenever there was a bad hologram transmission of him which is why Vader was so adament about moving the fleet out of the asteroid field. Considering this one takes place 33 years after that and Kylo is so far up Snoke’s ass, I think he’d have found some way to get a more top of the line projector even if he had to divert it from elsewhere to pbtain it.

  • March 23, 2016 at 3:33 am

    It seems that there have been quite a few leaks already (heh) with all the photos and video of the location filming in Dubrovnik.

  • March 23, 2016 at 9:26 am

    If Rian Johnson or Andy Serkis want some inspiration about the dark side, they should visit Spain in Easter and see any of the hundreds processions, better the night ones, they are dark, about pain and suffering. I think it could be a good source for them.
    Or just watch them online :))

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