About to be seen as the man behind Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, now comes word that Andy Serkis will be playing a role in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The motion-capture icon was initially believed to be involved as a consultant through his The Imaginarium company, but now its been revealed that he will be playing an actual role.
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, 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.”
With Josh Brolin on board to play Thanos in the MCU, early speculation is that Serkis will provide the physicality for the Mad Titan, with Brolin just providing the vocals for the big bad.
As well as this mystery role, Serkis has also 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, with a global release to follow a week after that.