Andy Serkis Talks Motion-Capture Work in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
When the official cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was announced, the inclusion of motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis was mostly a surprise. Just before the story broke, a rumor was going around about his involvement, but the though seemed to easy of a rumor to just start from nothing just to stir up discussion among fans. But everyone couldn't have been more pleased when he was named as part of the official roster. However, with no details on who most of the actors and actresses are playing, we still don't know if Serkis is playing a character brought to life with motion-capture performance or not. Read on!
"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.
JJ 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."
For those of you who don't know, The Imaginarium is Serkis' company which specializes in motion-capture performances, so Serkis involvement stretches beyond his own character in the film. Speaking of which, it doesn't sound like Serkis may be playing some sort of character brought to life through motion-capture technology, at least by the way he phrases his involvement. Even his mention of Abrams saying "You'd fit really well in this universe" is up for interpretation. Either way, Star Wars: Episode VII will still benefit greatly from the incredible work that Andy Serkis puts forth.