Andy Serkis Reveals New Info About ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By December 17, 2014

One of the most disinctive elements of the recently released teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the voice that cuts through the quick looks at the characters. The ominous, prophesying baritone was provided by Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings TrilogyAvengers: Age of Ultron), who recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to give us a few new tidbits about the forthcoming Star Wars film.

While most of the tidbits aren’t exactly earth-shattering, they all manage to be interesting. Some of the info is also a little bit surprising as well, like the fact that his voice is completely unaltered for the trailer.

That is the character. There’s no digital manipulation. That’s just me. J.J. [Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] told me, ‘You’re all over the trailer,’ but I didn’t know what that meant. I thought, ‘Oh great, they’re using the voice of the character I play for the trailer. That’s fantastic.’ Not thinking what that would actually translate into.

He also talked about how there were spies constantly trying to catch a glimpse of the film, likely reacting to both the fact that it’s a new Star Wars film, and that the normally highly-secretive Abrams was direcing it.

People were flying drones over the walls to see what’s going on…it’s about not wanting to spoil anything for anyone. The expectation is massive, and nobody wants to ruin it in any way. I think that’s right. No one wants to, by saying the wrong thing or being misleading, you don’t want to dilute it.

He also was able to talk about the film’s title, and whether it was known as The Force Awakens at any point during the production.

No, no, it’s always just been called Episode VII to this point. Then I knew it was called The Force Awakens. It’s very pertinent.

To see all of what Serkis had to say, be sure to check out the piece at Entertainment Weekly. For more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, releasing exactly one year from now, keep a tab open to GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.