Who Did the Voiceover in the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer?

November 29, 2014
Source: HitFix

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One day after the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered online and in theaters, you won't have to go too far for plenty of intersting in-depth breakdowns speculating and pointing out the most specific details. One tidbit that stirred up quite the debate was just who was providing the voiceover providing the only dialogue in the trailer. Some thought it might be Max Von Sydow or Adam Driver while others were sure it was Andy Serkis. For some reason, there were even people who thought it was Benedict Cumberbatch, though he's never been confirmed to be part of the cast. Now we have an answer.

Steven Weintraub, editor-in-chief at Collider, was the first to say that Andy Serkis was the man behind the sinister voice, but even after that there was dissension, including Ain't It Cool News claiming that it wasn't. But since then, HitFix has confirmed that Andy Serkis is indeed the man behind the voice. However, we still don't know who he is playing. One could speculate based on the trailer that maybe he's the villain we see on screen in the trailer, but since we've heard Adam Driver is the main bad guy this time, we don't think that's Serkis in the trailer holding the broad sword lightsaber. So what's the deal?

Well, HitFix says, "He’s playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time." That would imply that Serkis is probably playing the superior villain role, the puppeteer behind whatever these new villains have planned, not unlike Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back. But if that's true, it doesn't really tell us much, because we have no idea what these bad guys are up to. Do they have ties to the Empire? Is there any ties between these knew villains and the Sith? Or are there any ties between them and our heroes? These are all questions that probably won't be answered until we see the movie.

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  • Merchant
    Possibly a villain from the past, the first Sith or whatever. My Star Wars history isnt the best but if he doesnt get much screen time he could be a flashback.
  • I assumed the voice was "the man behind the curtain" and the saber carrying Sith is his apprentice. That snow-filled forest appears to be a place someone is hiding...say Luke Skywalker? We will see.
    Sydow? That is my bet!~
    • avconsumer2
      gah - he'd be an epic Sith Lord.
  • Jason Scarpelli
    I'm surprised this wasn't reported when it was originally announced.
  • grimjob
    I completely forgot Sydow was in this. One more long year...




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