It’s less than a month to go until The Last Jedi is released and we’re still none the wiser as to the wider story... especially in regards to Supreme Leader Snoke’s (Andy Serkis) dastardly plans.
Or are we? With the release of the new Star Wars Battlefront II game we may have just been given a little snippet of a clue. The game takes place between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and hints that Snoke’s plan revolves around the ominously titled Project Resurrection.
While we scramble for answers as to what that means YouTuber and Star Wars expert Mike Zeroh says the following: "Given the fact that Andy Serkis has said that Supreme Leader Snoke is a very vulnerable character… [who’s] in a sedentary state, so he’s only in his throne for the most part, I believe this Project Resurrection eventually came out to be that machine that we do see at the very side of Snoke’s throne, within his throne room."
The machine to which Zeroh is referring can be seen on the right of the following screenshot, behind Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux.
Zeroh adds: "[It’s] keeping him alive or even quite possibly regenerating Supreme Leader Snoke from his massive injuries."
What if Project Resurrection is actually Snoke’s grand plan? What exactly could it be? We’ve racked our brains and have come up with a few ideas…
1. He's looking to restore himself to former glory
So far we have only seen Snoke in the form of a hologram and he doesn’t look good. Putting aside the fact that we don’t know exactly what he is, you can clearly tell he’s been through some wars and is in a weakened state.
Snoke is trying to restore the evil ideals of the original trilogy's Galactic Empire, and to lead that kind of movement you can’t afford to be weak. Is Snoke trying to resurrect himself with some kind of new body? As per Zeroh's theory, maybe he’s trying to use the power of the dark side or some kind of advanced technology to restore himself to full physical strength.
Yes, Emperor Palpatine wasn’t exactly at the peak of physical fitness and he got on all right, but, by comparison, Snoke looks like he’s gone a few rounds with Chewbacca at his angriest. His body may be failing him and, as we know, only the most experienced of Sith lords can stave off death, and he may not be that powerful – yet.
2. He wants to restore the Empire
According to the Star Wars canon, while the Empire surrendered to the New Republic after the Battle of Jakku, there were still supporters of the Empires ideals across the galaxy (notably former members of the Imperial Military).
Over time these pockets of support grew in strength and organisation to become what is now known across the galaxy as The First Order. New name, same goals – although the First Order seeks to eradicate the weaknesses and flaws of the original Empire it is pretty much looking to become the same organisation (just a little less Darth Vadery).
While the New Republic is currently the ruling government, Snoke’s ultimate plan may be to topple it and take his place as the galaxy’s ruler. Maybe Project Resurrection is just a fancy name for this goal.
3. He wants to resurrect the Sith
While both Snoke and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) are Force-sensitive and in tune with the dark side, they do not completely seem to be Sith master and apprentice in the way Darth Sidious and Vader were.
The Sith follow The Rule of Two, which states that there can only ever be two Sith (a master and apprentice) at any one time, but it hasn’t always been this way.
The Rule of Two was created after the Sith were almost completely wiped out in a war with the Jedi. The surviving Sith Lord (Darth Bane) created the rule to let the Sith rise in power secretly and away from the prying eyes of the Jedi; before this rule the Sith were multiple in number just as the Jedi were.
However, their ultimate plan may be to revive the Sith Order and bring it back to full strength.
4. He wants to resurrect... Darth Vader
In a galaxy where cloning isn’t just possible but is an actual industry (see the development of the clone army in Attack of the Clones), never discount familiar faces reappearing grafted on to brand new cloned bodies.
Darth Vader was the poster boy for the Empire – sure, the Emperor was numero uno but he was hardly ever seen by his subjects, whereas Vader was out and about making his presence felt (pun intended). We’ve already seen from The Force Awakens that Vader is hero-worshipped by Ren, so he’d definitely be stoked to see him make a comeback.
For Snoke the idea of having a Vader by his side would be extremely tempting; Vader at his height was the main driving force that took over the galaxy and kept it under the Empire’s command. He ruled with a (black-gloved) iron fist and was the most feared individual across the known star systems.
Who wouldn’t want that kind of power on their team? Nevertheless, this would have significant implications for the Rule of Two (providing Snoke still wants to stick to that) because it means that, for Vader to come back, somebody has to go.
What could the answer be? Click here to book your tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and find out on 14th December.
Marvyn Wilson is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.