After the first trailer debuted for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday, fans have been wondering who performs the voice-over narration in this first look footage. Many thought it was Benedict Cumberbatch, while several outlets reported on Saturday that it was actually a cast member announced way back in April: Andy Serkis. During the red carpet premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Andy Serkis confirmed that he does provide the narration. Here's what he had to say, while joking about the speculation that it was Benedict Cumberbatch's voice.
"I can confirm that, yes, absolutely. I'm sure Benedict doesn't need any more attention at the moment, for goodness sake."
"I can't tell you that! Who do you think you are?"
Interestingly enough, another rumor surfaced earlier today that Andy Serkis is actually playing two roles. The first role is as a motion-capture performer, leading a group of "unbelievably athletic and acrobatic" characters including Parkour champion Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke. The second character is pivotal to the first act of the story, and ties into the back story of Daisy Ridley's character. Naturally, these details haven't been confirmed yet, so stay tuned for more information.