Benedict Cumberbatch has long been rumored to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the initial cast announcement did not include the actor, many still believed he was the one narrating the teaser trailer that launched yesterday. Sources close to the production have since revealed that it is not, in fact, Benedict Cumberbatch, but one of the actually actors announced way back in April.
'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Darkside. And the Light.' Who is the narrator who speaks this now famous line of dialogue? It has been revealed to be none other than Andy Serkis. Sources close to Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed the information yesterday with Hitfix's Drew McWeeny. A different set of sources later confirmed with Collider. Though, if you are one of the many still holding out hope that Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the narrator's true identity has not been confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm at this time. This is what Drew McWeeny had to say:
"For the record, that is Andy Serkis you hear in the trailer. I was able to verify this, although I was not able to uncover any further information about the role he plays. Here's what I do know, though. He's playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time."
Many people believed the narrator to be Benedict Cumberbatch, not only because of the previous casting rumors, which have persisted over the past year despite being denied by everyone involved with the production. But also because the voice sounds a lot like Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug in the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. There's also his ties to director J.J. Abrams.
Add this to the fact that many have forgotten Andy Serkis was actually announced as part of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast back on April 29. And this is a voice that we've never heard come out of the versatile actor. There have been no rumors about Andy Serkis's character since April, except early speculation that he is playing a motion capture character. That is no longer believed to be true.
So, if Andy Serkis is the narrator, who exactly is he? What is his role in the movie? And does he fall to the light or dark side? This may or may not be answered before next December.