Silver Surfer Getting the Gollum Touch from Weta
by Alex Billington
September 25, 2006
Announced by The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, the character Silver Surfer, confirmed as being played by Doug Jones, in the upcoming Fantastic Four sequel will get the "gollum touch" from Weta Digital. The visual effects studio will be doing the CGI and visual effects for Silver Surfer similar to the style (in the creation process) of Gollum in Lord of the Rings as acted out by Andy Serkis. Doug Jones of Hellboy's Abe Sapien fame will be acting out the movements for Weta to reference in creation of the character. Casting for the voice of Silver Surfer has not yet been announced, which is unfortunately leading many to believe that it is likely Doug Jones won't be providing the voice.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Weta is improving their animation process for Silver Surfer:
Weta has developed an advanced computer-generated animation process that employs motion-capture techniques updated to add further dimensionality to the liquid-metal hero.
Silver Surfer is a Marvel Comics character who has a metallic-like appearance. His background story can be read on Wikipedia. His inclusion in the upcoming Fantastic Four sequel may shed some light onto what may be a more exciting outlook on the sequel in opposition to the awful first movie.
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