I won’t pretend to be the first person to theorise this. Other than whether Han would die, or if Rey is Luke’s daughter, Snoke being Plageuis is amongst the most commonly-circulated possibilities amongst online Star Wars fandom. Is Andy Serkis’ character, Snoke, the same character as Darth Plagueis, whose canonicity is something of much repute. Plagueis was first mentioned by Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas) , and hasn’t been acknowledged in the Saga since:
Plagueis was only mentioned again in spin-off media, and even then sparingly. But Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt) could be the first on-screen appearance of Plagueis. According to the novel Tarkin – the only other canonical Star Wars work involving Plagueis – Palpatine was the apprentice that murdered Plagueis once Palpatine had learned everything Plagueis knew on how to live forever. The rule of two meant that only two Sith could ever exists at once, further motivating Palpatine to murder Plagueis in order to make Darth Maul his apprentice, leading into Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (George Lucas).
Once Darth Maul was murdered by Obi-Wan, Palpatine needed a new apprentice, leading to the conversation in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in-which Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Plagueis to convince Anakin to become a Sith apprentice, due to Anakin’s growing fear of Padme dying. And that’s all we know of Darth Plagueis. It should be noted that in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren refers to Snoke as “wise” – something pointed-out to me by The Anniversary‘s John “Obi-John Kenobi” Campea, who also features on Collider Jedi Council, where I’m getting most of my rumour news. In an interview, actor Daisy Ridley denied that Rey’s staff is Plagueis’ lightsabre, despite it being featured in every marketing item, and running parallel to Kylo Ren’s staff on the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens poster.
Another citation for the rumour is the Kylo Ren action figure, which mentions Rey’s staff through a dialogue line not said in the final film. It’s been speculated that this has been done due to Disney planning for Snoke to be revealed as Plagueis. However, some denials of the rumour have been that Rey’s staff running parallel with Kylo Ren’s lightsabre is to highlight the parallel between the characters – Kylo Ren is Han’s son, which would make him Rey’s cousin if Rey is Luke’s daughter. It’s also been noted that Plagueis doesn’t have a staff in Star Wars canon.
Another interview with Ridley was also highlighted for Ridley’s specific mention of Plagueis when asked the question, rather than ignoring him. The leading theory is that Ridley is aware that Rey’s staff is Plagueis’, proving that Disney have planned for that revelation. Serkis also described Snoke in such a way that was taken to describing a Muun. Plagueis’ design in non-canonical Star Wars fiction has shown Plagueis to be a Muun, as per Lucas’ intention.
Were Snoke to be shown on screen, it’s likely Disney would draw on Lucas’ idea and make Plagueis a Muun, making Serkis’ description of Snoke to be a confirmation of his character being Plageuis. This is just the rumours surrounding the Sequel Trilogy, but they could be true. What do you think – is Snoke Plagueis? Sound off below, and may the Force be with you.