Who is Andy Serkis? If that is a name that sounds familiar, it might be because of his Oscar worthy acting as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That he was recognized for neither is a travesty. He also played King Kong in Peter Jackson’s version of the story that was released back in 2005.
Rumor had it that he was recently attached to direct a new Jungle Book movie, but that may be on hold now that he’s been offered the role of a lifetime in Star Wars: Episode VII. We don’t know what role that is, like most of the others, but he already seems well suited for whatever Abrams and Kasdan send his way. It could be motion capture, voice or costume, Andy Serkis can handle it all.
We’ve been patiently waiting for this announcement, and now we have it.
Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 are all returning to the galaxy far, far away, along a new cast of characters. The names of the characters that the new cast are playing in the film have not been officially announced yet.
Harrison Ford – Han Solo
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia
Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Kenny Baker – R2-D2
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.