Soon to be seen aping around as the man behind Caesar in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Andy Serkis has confirmed that he has a role in Joss Whedon’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Initially believed to be part of the movie as a motion-capture consultant through his The Imaginarium firm, Serkis has confirmed that he is on-board for more than was first expected.
Speaking to Variety, the 50-year-old confirmed, “The Imaginarium is the performance-capture consultant and I’m playing a role in both AVENGERS and STAR WARS.”
When asked if we will physically see his face in Whedon’s AVENGERS ASSEMBLE sequel, he replied, “I’m not at liberty to mention. But it’s all the same to me. 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.”
Early speculation is suggesting that Serkis may provide the physically for the Mad Titan, Thanos, should he appear in some form. That character will be voiced by Josh Brolin, although there’s no details on just exactly what parts of Thanos Brolin is signed on for, whether it’s just the vocals or whether he’ll be doing the mo-cap work as well.
What is known is that Serkis has been working with Mark Ruffalo on all things Hulk. On that, he added, “On AVENGERS, I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo. Performance-capture was used on the previous Hulk, but not to the same extent Mark is using it now. There are tools and ways of working with an actor that makes them feel that they own the character, and a character the size of the Hulk needs ownership, which Mark has now.”
At present, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is set for a 24th April, 2015 UK release.
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