Here’s who Andy Serkis will be playing in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Star Wars’ Reads Day set for Oct. 10.

Earlier this month Vanity Fair gave us some great shots of the new cast, along with confirming that Adam Driver was playing the bad guy we all knew he was, courtesy of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. He’s played Gollum, King Kong and the ape that caused the Planet of the Apes — and now Andy Serkis has been revealed to be the man in charge of… something in this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.If Carrie Fisher has anything in common with Princess Leia, the forceful character she made famous in the “Star Wars” films, it might be her impulsive attitude.

StarWars.com has revealed that Serkis’ character in the new movie will be called Supreme Leader Snoke, and that the performance will be motion-captured, premiering a new photograph from Annie Liebovitz of the actor taken during production for Vanity Fair. In her Friday afternoon Star Wars Celebration presentation, Fisher, 58, told racy jokes, autographed the host’s shoes, took pictures with fans and even planted a long, wet kiss on a member of the audience.

Quite what Snoke is the Supreme Leader of is officially unrevealed, but it seems likely that he’s the man behind the First Order, the Force Awakens’ replacement for the Galactic Empire of the franchise’s original trilogy. Last year’s Star Wars Reads Day offered celebrations with authors, illustrators and other luminaries at Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Millions and more than 1,000 libraries and independent bookstores. Hamill spoke of how “Star Wars” creator George Lucas first broached the subject of a new trilogy of films, shared details about the difficulty of working with a Jedi Master puppet in Yoda and said he initially viewed “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Serkis is one of only a handful of characters we’ve heard actually speak so far, with his voice — “There’s been an awakening… have you felt it?” — opening the original Force Awakens teaser last November. Although Serkis’ character has remained unnamed to this point — and is still unseen, unless audiences have had a glimpse in one of the trailers without knowing it — he has been heard; Serkis provided the narration to the movie’s first teaser trailer, released last November.

She reminisced about her time filming the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and talked about the surreal nature of working alongside droids, aliens and other science-fiction set pieces. “Thank God I did not drink — it did not agree with me. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, he teased that although he couldn’t say much about the character, “he’s been through some stuff.” The talk brought to a close the the third day of the four-day fan expo, one that over the course of the weekend has featured droid races, speed dating, costume contests, a tattoo alley and a whole lot of merchandise.

Prior to Hamill taking to the main stage at Anaheim Convention Center his costars from the original trilogy Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels had led lively conversations. Later, she parodied Princess Leia on an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” She talked fondly about filming “The Empire Strikes Back” with director Irvin Kershner, whom she described as “awesome” and “an emotional director.” She said that filming “Empire” was different from filming “Star Wars” (later renamed “A New Hope”) because of the first film’s success. “When you make a movie, you don’t know if it’s going to do well,” Fisher said. “You hope it will, and depending on the script, you know it won’t. … On [‘Empire’], you knew we were making a hit movie, and that was unprecedented.” “He was funny, and he used to, right before he’d kiss my hand, he’d say something incredibly filthy so that I would laugh,” Fisher said. “Something about the Force and it being with me.” Fisher described a raucous night when she was staying at the London home of “Monty Python” actor Eric Idle during the filming of “Empire.” Idle had invited the members of the Rolling Stones over, and Fisher called her castmates to join them. “We had a really early call, but you sort of have to measure, Rolling Stones, early call, Rolling Stones, early call … so we decided on both,” she said. “They’re a partying bunch of guys. … We stayed up pretty late , then we got to the set about two hours late, and we weren’t hung over — we were still in our cups. He recalled being asked to a lunch meeting in which his wife, Marilou York, and Fisher (Princess Leia), were also present. “What happened was we were at some ‘Star Wars’ event that George Lucas was at and George Lucas asked us, through his people, to have lunch with him,” Hamill said. “So I’m saying to Marilou, I said, ‘George asked me to lunch.

Or they’re going to put it out in another variation — another boxed set.’” Hamill, who in recent years has focused heavily on voice-over work, then did his best Lucas impression, speaking softly and somewhat rushed. Still, he said he viewed newcomer Abrams, who was fresh off directing two “Star Trek” films, with a little uncertainty. “I was a little suspicious.

The cinema world, he said, is more secretive today than it was when he was making “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” in the late ’70s, and his tendency is to over-share.

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