When we learned that Andy Serkis had been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, many of us just assumed that he would be playing one of the many CGI characters that will be included in the movie. After all, he is the best and most well-known motion capture actor in the business. In a recent interview with Sci-Fi Now, Serkis confirmed that his company, The Imaginarium, will be doing all of the mo-cap work for the highly anticipated film. He then reveals that he will play a character in the story, but doesn't confirm whether or not it will be a live action role or a digital character. Either way is cool with me. I'm sure no matter what he does it will be great. Here's what he had to say in the interview:
"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."
The actor is mostly known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But he's a talented actor outside of the mo-cap stuff as well, so it could really go either way. It just makes more sense to me that he would be playing one of the digital characters. Hopefully the character he plays is a cool one!