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Andy Serkis' Star Wars Return Trick Can Fix Other Sequel Trilogy Mistakes

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Warning! SPOILERS for Andor episode 9.Andy Serkis’ Andor role shocked audiences given that Serkis had already played Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars sequels, but this surprising casting decision means that other underexposed Star Wars' actors may return. Of all Andor cliffhangers so far, the end of Andor episode 8 might be the most effective – and not just because of the story. Andy Serkis playing an entirely different character in Andor is not something audiences were expecting to see, which made the Kino Loy reveal even better. Obviously, Andy Serkis playing a brand new Star Wars character is exciting by itself, but it also sets up other potential Star Wars returns.

While Supreme Leader Snoke initially seemed like a key Star Wars character, the Emperor-equivalent of this new chapter of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker showed that Snoke was nothing but a piece of the puzzle in Kylo Ren’s journey. In other words, Andy Serkis’ talents were wasted with such a small role in the Star Wars sequels. Fortunately, given that Snoke was a fully CG character, Andy Serkis’ face never appeared in the Star Wars sequels – thus allowing him to return with what seems to be a more nuanced, grounded Star Wars character. That said, Andy Serkis is not the only actor the Star Wars sequels have wasted and that could return in an entirely different role.

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The Star Wars Sequels Wasted Some Of Its Best Actors

Though the Star Wars sequels were focused from the start on Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, the Star Wars sequel trilogy wasted some of its best actors in supporting roles that did not allow those actors to shine. Three main examples are Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, and Keri Russell as Zorii – all of which had very limited roles and whose faces never actually appeared in the movies. While CG characters and mysterious villains in helmets are part of Star Wars, those three actors were not given a lot to do across the trilogy. Phasma died in The Last Jedi, Maz’s role after Star Wars: The Force Awakens was minimum, and Zorii only appeared in The Rise of Skywalker.

Sequel Trilogy Actors In New Roles Is Better Than A Continuation

Andy Serkis’ return to Star Wars as a completely different character in Andor could open the door to other Star Wars sequel trilogy actors to return in an unexpected way. More of Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, and Keri Russell in Star Wars will always be a good thing, yet Star Wars does not necessarily need the returns of Phasma, Maz, or Zorii. Should any of those actors return to Star Wars, then something similar to Andor’s Andy Serkis twist could work. The fact that Phasma and Zorii wore a helmet all through their brief Star Wars appearances, plus the fact Maz Kanata was a CG character in the first two movies and then a puppet in The Rise of Skywalker, means that all three actors mentioned could play a different character without causing any confusion.

Andy Serkis’ Andor character is a reminder of how versatile the actor is, and it proves that the Star Wars universe is large enough for an actor to play more than just one character. If Mark Hamill can play Luke Skywalker and a vision of Darth Bane in Star Wars: Clone Wars, then there is really no limit regarding returning actors playing different roles. Hopefully, Andy Serkis’ Kino Loy will lead Star Wars to revisit actors who were wasted in smaller roles.

New episodes of Andor release every Wednesday on Disney+.

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