‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Has Reportedly Cast Andy Serkis in Two Roles
It seems as though J.J. Abrams may have taken a note from Joss Whedon and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ when casting Andy Serkis in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ It was confirmed over the weekend that Serkis is indeed the voice narrating the first trailer for the new ‘Star Wars’ film and that he’ll be playing a live-action role in the film—but if a new report is to believed, Abrams may have ordered the ‘Avengers 2' Serkis Special: that’s one Andy Serkis live-action performance along with a generous portion of Serkis’ exceedingly talented motion-capture work on the side.
The rumor comes from Jedi News, and although we usually proceed with caution when it comes to these reports, this one seems fairly legitimate:
One of those roles is, as expected, motion capture based - and in that role he will be part of a ‘group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters.’ Also bringing those characters to life is parkour expert Pip Anderson, and ‘whom I [the source] believe to be Crystal Clarke.’
The second role for Serkis sees him take on a ‘pivotal role in the first act story arc that entwines with Daisy Ridley’s backstory,’ and that role ‘may have more to it than it seems in the first instance.’
We had already learned that Serkis’ live-action role is “pivotal,” and we also already knew that the film had cast Anderson and Clarke, two parkour experts. It would make sense that those athletic actors would be integral to a motion-capture aspect of the film. If this report is correct and Serkis’ live-action character is important to Daisy Ridley’s story, we now have a little more information with which to speculate: is Daisy Ridley, as some have previously guessed, the daughter of Han and Leia? Is Serkis’ narration in the trailer directed at her, or is he simply instructing or guiding her?
As reported earlier today, the next trailer for ‘The Force Awakens’ will be released with Serkis’ other upcoming film, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ That’s two Andy Serkis experiences for the price of one. And maybe we’ll learn a little more about his ‘Star Wars’ role (or roles) when the new trailer hits.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hits theaters on December 18, 2015.