One of the big unanswered questions left dangling from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that of Supreme Leader Snoke and what ties (if any) he had to the previous Star Wars movies. On December 15 the next chapter, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be released but director Rian Johnson is saying upfront that he didn't touch on Snoke's backstory.
"We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films he's exactly what he needs to be, which is just 'The Emperor,'" Johnson told Empire. "[The Emperor is] a dark force: the scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn't interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”
The key antagonist of The Last Jedi remains Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver.
"Star Wars boils down to the transition from adolescence into adulthood. That’s the heart of these films and Rey is most obviously the one that hangs on. But it’s also Kylo," Johnson said. "In the originals you project entirely onto Luke, while Vader is the scary other - he’s the minotaur. The fascinating thing about Kylo and Rey is that they’re two sides of something. We can all relate to Kylo: to that anger of being in the turmoil of adolescence and figuring out who he’s going to be as a man; dealing with anger and wanting to separate from his family. He’s not Vader - at least, he’s not Vader yet - and that’s something I really wanted to get into."
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to open in theaters December 15.