/FILM has been conducting interviews and promoting director Matt Reeves’ new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. During the interview, with Matt Reeves, Peter Sciretta and Reeves conversation moved on to Reeves’ childhood buddy J.J. Abrams and the casting of Andy Serkis in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Sciretta quotes Reeves as saying:
I showed him a bit of the movie. I wanted to get some feedback. And I know that he had known and really loved Andy Serkis. But it’s the same experience I had coming in and asking to see all the footage of Andy from Rise with him in his helmet cam, so that I could understand exactly what the process was. And the thing that struck me, and actually got me so excited, was the mystery behind how great he is, is that he’s great. That he’s an amazing actor. And the scenes that I showed him were of Andy just in mo-cap. And he was like “oh my God, he’s an incredible actor.” He was so blown away.
And now he’s in Star Wars. I don’t know if that had a direct… I mean, it could, [and] I think he’d always loved Andy. And they had known each other a bit before, anyway. But I think when he saw it, it was like a real revelation. He said to me, “that looks — I’m not kidding when I tell you I think that’s one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.” I said “I know, isn’t he amazing?” He’s so good.
More and more it is seeming as if the obvious is happening: Andy Serkis is playing a motion captured character in Star Wars: Episode VII. Andy gave a quote about The Imaginarium doing motion capture work on the film, which alluded to the fact that was why he was chosen, although the quote in the piece can be read different ways. There was also a set up on Conan where Conan announces Serkis as being in Star Wars: Episode VII because Abrams saw his motion capture work and hired him. I would like to assume they didn’t just pull that out of the air.
With three minor but coincidental interview pieces implying he is doing motion capture work, I’m willing to bet he probably is. It was never a given, even if it was highly likely. But at this point, it is probably a safe bet Andy Serkis is playing a CGI character in the next Star Wars film.