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The casting announcement for Star Wars: Episode VII back in April proved that a lot of previously speculated actors will indeed star in the upcoming sequel. Returning actors like Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be joined by newcomers John Boyega, Adam Driver and Max von Sydow in J.J. Abrams’ attempt at revitalizing the film saga next Christmas.
One of the surprises of the cast list is Andy Serkis; the man who many will argue is the king of motion capture performances, having lent his talents to characters like King Kong, Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and Caesar from the Planet of the Apes reboot. Like most of the actors and actresses in the film (with the exception of the veterans), it is unclear who (or what) exactly Andy Serkis will be playing in Episode VII. Many have assumed that he will use his motion capture techniques to appear as some sort of alien creature. However, it wouldn’t be out of the question for the actor to appear as his own self in a human role.
Now, we may have the answer…..or at least part of it.
Serkis recently spoke with SciFiNow about his new film Dawn of the Planet of Apes, but also revealed details about his role in Episode VII, and just how tight-lipped things around the set have been. Here’s what he had to say:
“The Imaginarium is now involved in all of the performance capture on the Star Wars projects,” Serkis confirms, “and I’m playing a character in that. It’s extraordinary. I grew up with Star Wars and was a massive fan of the original films. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be engaging with this. It’s just come about so organically.”
“JJ Abrams and I met, and we just had this incredible kind of vibe between us.” He said, ‘You’d fit really well in this universe,’ and I said, ‘I think I probably could.’ We’re working very closely, as I say, in two ways: the Imaginarium is providing all of the performance characters, and I myself am playing a character in it.
“I’m thrilled, deeply excited,” he continued. “Sitting at that read-through the other day was just extraordinary. It was an amazing event; being with the original cast was just incredible. I just think the script is so wonderful, and both the old and the newbies in the cast are just so thrilled and excited to get together.”
We now know Serkis will indeed be giving yet another great example of work through mo-cap, but now we wait and see which character he’ll be portraying. Excited to see Andy Serkis in Star Wars?
Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, directed by J.J. Abrams.