When LucasFilm and Walt Disney Pictures announced the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII back in April, Andy Serkis was one of the actors mentioned in the announcement, although no character details were given. The actor is best known for his motion capture work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the title character in King Kong and as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and next month's sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Many fans have wondered if Andy Serkis is playing a motion capture character, which the actor hints at in a new interview with Sci-Fi Now.
While he doesn't confirm that he is donning the motion capture suit once again, Andy Serkis did reveal that his company, The Imaginarium, will be involved in all of the performance capture aspects of Star Wars: Episode VII.
"The Imaginarium is now involved in all of the performance capture on the Star Wars projects, and I'm playing a character in that."
Sci-Fi Now points out that it, "isn't necessarily a given" that Andy Serkis' role requires performance capture, but the actor also revealed that director J.J. Abrams reached out to him and said he would "fit really well in this universe."
"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. J.J. 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. 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."
Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is currently under way at Pinewood Studios in London, under the direction of J.J. Abrams. Are you excited to learn more about who Andy Serkis is playing in Star Wars: Episode VII? Stay tuned for the latest updates as filming continues.