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Did The Big Villain Of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Just Get Revealed?

There has been an awakening... have you felt it?

Looks like Lupita Nyong'o won't be playing the only CGI character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" when it flies into theaters this December. Also donning the mo-cap suit is Andy Serkis, who lent his ominous voiceover to the film's very first teaser trailer.

Now we have a small glimpse into who -- or what -- he'll be playing in the movie, thanks to a recent interview with photographer Anne Leibowitz that revealed this previously unpublished photo:

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According to the official "Star Wars" website, Serkis is playing a character called "Supreme Leader Snoke." That's a pretty villainous sounding name which has a lot of fans speculating that Serkis might be the film's central antagonist... perhaps even the leader of the First Order?

If that's the case, it could signify a big difference between the big evil organization in this new trilogy and the Empire from the original movies. If Serkis is playing a CGI character, that means he's also most likely an alien, and you really didn't see a whole lot of non-humans in top Imperial positions -- more likely due to budget concerns/technology restrictions over anything else, but in the Expanded Universe it actually got written into the story as anti-alien racism. Gross, right?

Of course, the stuff that happened in the Expanded Universe doesn't really matter anymore, as the new franchise is starting fresh with its own mythology. But either way, with a name like "Supreme Leader Snoke" and a grim face like that, we can’t imagine Andy Serkis is up to anything good in the "Star Wars" universe. Guess we’ll have to wait to find out just what he’s got planned in the coming months!

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters on December 18, 2015.