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In an exclusive chat with SciFiNow, Andy Serkis spoke candidly about his excitement to be involved in Star Wars: Episode VII. He also confirmed that his motion capture studio, The Imaginarium, will be handling all of the mo-cap for the film. In the interview, Serkis also opened up about how he came to be involved with that galaxy far, far away.

About his meeting with Abrams that got the ball rolling:

It’s extraordinary. I grew up with Star Wars and was a massive fan of the original films. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be engaging with this. It’s just come about so organically. JJ Abrams and I met, and we just had this incredible kind of vibe between us. He said, ‘You’d fit really well in this universe,’ and I said, ‘I think I probably could.’ We’re working very closely, as I say, in two ways: the Imaginarium is providing all of the performance characters, and I myself am playing a character in it.”

The actor, best known for his work as Gollum in the Lord of The Rings films, continued:

“I’m thrilled, deeply excited. Sitting at that read-through the other day was just extraordinary. It was an amazing event; being with the original cast was just incredible. I just think the script is so wonderful, and both the old and the newbies in the cast are just so thrilled and excited to get together.”

Star Wars will be just another massive franchise for Serkis to add to his prolific resume. Aside from playing a seminal role in the LoTR films, he’s also a major part in the current Planet of The Apes franchise.