In a new interview with SciFiNow, Andy Serkis touched on a few interesting things about his role for Episode VII, including that his performance capture studio The Imaginarium will be doing work for several Star Wars projects. Here is what Serkis had to say about Episode VII:
“The Imaginarium is now involved in all of the performance capture on the Star Wars projects, and I’m playing a character in that.”
“It’s extraordinary. 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.”
“I’m thrilled, deeply excited. Sitting at that read-through the other day was just extraordinary. It was an amazing event; being with the original cast was just incredible. I just think the script is so wonderful, and both the old and the newbies in the cast are just so thrilled and excited to get together.”
It’s definitely great news to hear that The Imaginarium will be handling the performance capture duties for not only Episode VII, but it looks like for several Star Wars movies as well. Though Andy Serikis still doesn’t confirm in this interview if he will actually be doing a motion capture performance in Episode VII, it does seem hard to imagine that he wouldn’t be involved with it in some way if The Imaginarium will be doing the work for the movie.