Now is the time to stop reading these articles if you want to go in blind to the movie. Honestly, I don’t even want to read these details, so I apologize for any major typos here. I just want to get the relevant data down and get out without absorbing too much of it myself.

First, new details on Maz Kanata:

Her history is that she was a pirate for a long time,” he says. “She’s lived over a thousand years. She’s had this watering hole for about a century, and it’s like another bar that you’d find in a corner of the Star Wars universe.”

Now, new details about Snoke’s appearance.

– It appears that Andy Serkis did not know what the character looked like when he did his mocap performance. This was a result of secrecy on the film set.

– Abrams stated that the design for snoke actually evolved because of the way that Andy Serkis did his performance. This continued ever after the completion of principal photography.

“We shot on set of course, and I was in the scenes I have with other actors, but the beauty of this process is you can go back and reiterate, keep informing and honing beats and moments,” Serkis says. “So J.J., after we shot last year, we’ve had a series of sessions where I’d be in London at The Imaginarium, my studio, while he’s been directing from L.A., and we’ve literally been creating further additions and iterations to the character. That’s been fascinating. And in the meantime I’ve been able to see the look and design of the character grow and change as the performances change. So it’s been really exciting in that respect.”

Source: Collider