Andy Serkis, an actor whose face is typically obscured and transformed through the techniques of performance capture and digital imaging, allowing him to play characters of all shapes and sizes, revealed in conversation with Variety that he will play a part in the two upcoming blockbusters.
The fearsome Gollum of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," the ape Caesar in the two movies in the "Planet of the Apes" reboot, Captain Haddock in "Tintin," and King Kong: Andy Serkis is the man behind all of these characters and many others. A man of a thousand faces, he is recognized only by his fans.
His multiple performance capture roles make him a reference in the industry. In fact, in 2011 he co-founded The Imaginarium, a studio specialized in the technique. Following previous announcements that he was a consultant on "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Star Wars VII," the actor has now indicated that he will also play a role in each of the two movies. However, it remains to be seen whether he will show his face or play yet another character created through the magic of motion capture and CGI.
Sworn to secrecy, Serkis told Variety that he was unable to announce the nature of the role for the time being. He also added: "I've never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It's just basically what you wear to the set that's different."
In addition to playing these two roles, Serkis coached Mark Ruffalo for his role as the Hulk in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and will be in charge of the performance capture process for the next "Star Wars" movie.
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is due in US theaters on May 1, 2015, and "Star Wars VII" will bow on December 18 of the same year.