While neither Disney nor Lucasfilm will confirm Andy Serkis as the narrator of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, both Hitfix and Collider revealed it was the actor over the weekend. Now, Good Morning America has also backed up these reports, though they refused to give up their source. While Andy Serkis is quite clearly the voice we hear, we still know little to nothing about his character. Or characters, as Jedi News reports this morning. If we're to believe this latest rumor, Andy Serkis has dual roles in the anticipate sequel.
It has long been speculated that Andy Serkis will play a motion capture character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actor is famous for his mo-cap work, pioneering the performance enhancing technology with his groundbreaking role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has gone onto perfect the new art form as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and even helped other actors with their performances in next summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Jedi News claims that he will also be donning a motion-capture suit for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. About this first character, they reveal:
"[Andy Serkis will lead] a group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters."
The other actors in this group are said to include parkour expect Pip Anderson and actress Crystal Clarke. While no other details about this group have been revealed, it is stated that Andy Serkis will also appear as himself in a role that has ties to Daisy Ridley's character:
"[Andy Serkis also has a] pivotal role in the first act story arc that entwines with Daisy Ridley's backstory. [This storyline] may have more to it than it seems in the first instance."
Jedi News is quick to point out that none of this has been confirmed by the studio. There is speculation that, while the voice in the trailer sounds rather ominous, Andy Serkis is actually playing a new Yoda-like character who has been in hiding. It is also being rumored that Andy Serkis's motion-capture company is pioneering a way for actors to interact with on-set-animatronics that is similar to mo-cap, which will revolutionize the entire VFX industry. Is any of this true? We'll have to wait and find out.