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So, it's been a long few days of repeated awesome Star Wars trailer-watching, trying to work out for complete-and-utter, certain, and absolute sure just who that voice was.

First, the suspicion was that it was Benedict Cumberbatch, and that the trailer was sneakily revealing his casting. And then he only went and revealed that it most definitely is not him.

The next contender was the already confirmed Max von Sydow, the only problem being that his voice is just a little too distinctive to perfectly match the one in the trailer.

And the other?

Well, that'd be Andy Serkis - Gollum himself - who is also apparently set for a small role in the movie. And, recently, several reports have suggested that it is, most certainly, him.

Nothing, though, has been confirmed - until now.

First, though: Take one last look at the trailer, and see who you think it is...

So - know who you think?

Well, the answer is...

...drum-roll please...

...Mr. Andy Serkis - who confirmed that he was, in fact, that voice in the Star Wars trailer. Asked outright by the UK's Absolute Radio whether he could confirm that the voice was his, Serkis replied unequivocally:

"I can confirm that, yes. Absolutely."

So. Andy Serkis is our mystery voice.

The big question, though, is this:

Who Will He Be Playing?

Well, if rumors are to be believed, we might even know that, too.

Jedi News is now reporting that sources are indicating Serkis will play not one, but two roles in Episode VII.

According to the site, one of those parts will be motion captured, and part of a "group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters."

The second, though, may not be motion capture at all - and is reportedly a "pivotal role in the first act story arc that entwines with Daisy Ridley's backstory," that "may have more to it than it seems in the first instance."

Speeder mechanic, anyone?
Speeder mechanic, anyone?

Now, that sounds an awful lot like the part that Max von Sydow has been rumored to be taking on - who was also suggested to be a cyborg - so this one's definitely still just a rumor - but it does make a certain amount of sense.

After all, there aren't too many - if any - actors better suited to play a motion capture part than Serkis, and if one (or both) of the parts are that way inclined, he'd be perfect for them. Plus, if the second character was indeed a cyborg, Serkis could actually combine both his live-action and mo-cap acting skills into one character.

What do you guys think, though?


Who do you think Andy Serkis will be playing?

via, JediNews


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