WARNING: This story contains spoilers from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was created to be like Darth Vader. The character wants to be the second coming of Vader and has even created a mask similar to the one Anakin Skywalker once had to wear. While it could be possible new sith lord Supreme Leader Snoke's (Andy Serkis) look could be based on past characters too, the visual artists involved in the movie said they were partially motivated by a memorial of Abraham Lincoln.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, ILM visual effects artist Rogert Guyett revealed that part of the inspiration for Snoke's appearance was based on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Snoke was shown in "The Force Awakens" as a giant hologram, who sat in a big chair similar to the monument.
"Imagine when you’re a kid or whatever, you go up and you stand in front of the Lincoln Memorial. And you see old Lincoln in a huge chair. There’s a certain quality about that. So, that was certainly sort of part of the inspiration for it all," Guyett dished.
Since Snoke was shown as a giant hologram, "Star Wars" fans are wondering if the villain is actually that big in person, or like Lincoln in the memorial, maybe he's just made to look giant. Guyett wanted Snoke to appear "menacing" as not much color is shown on the character when he speaks to Kylo Ren and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). He added that fans will see what Snoke really looks like in time.
Snoke is the driving force behind Kylo Ren and Hux. He was last seen asking Hux to bring Kylo Ren to him so he can complete his training. After seeing the film, some "Star Wars" fans believe that Snoke is Darth Plagueis, who was a sith lord that trained Darth Sidious/The Emperor. Other theories suggest that Snoke is The Emperor resurrected.
While theories continue to fly around about who Snoke is, it's likely there won't be any definite answers until "Star Wars Episode VIII" is released in 2017.