Rumor Mongering: Andy Serkis to Play Two Roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
After a great deal of speculation, Andy Serkis has been confirmed as the actor behind the voiceover in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But who will Serkis actually play? The latest rumors claim that he will be playing not one, but two roles in Episode VII, one of which will be computer generated.
Serkis is not only an accomplished actor in general, but a pioneer in motion capture performance. His most famous motion capture performances include Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series, the titular ape in the 2005 version of King Kong, and Caesar in the reboot of Planet of the Apes, the latter of which is currently being promoted for Oscar consideration. So naturally, many are speculating that one of his roles is a motion capture performance. According to Jedi News, he will join a "group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters," including a character played by prominent parkour expert, Pip Andersen.
His second role, according to Jedi News's source, is a "pivotal role in the first act story arc that entwines with Daisy Ridley's backstory" and that "may have more to it than it seems in the first instance."
None of this is confirmed as of now, but it would make perfect sense for Serkis, who has achieved so much acclaim from motion capture roles, to play a computer generated character once again. And considering that his already distinguished career is on an upswing, it doesn't seem out of the question for him to play two roles in this famous franchise.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out on December 18, 2015.