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The Important News We got our first look at and details on Andy Serkis's Star Wars: The Force Awakens character. Tilda Swinton is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Pine is joining the DC Cinematic Universe. Dheepan and Rooney Mara were among the big winners at the Cannes Film Festival. Fox is rebooting The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. M. Night Shyamalan wants Unbreakable to continue as a TV series. Amy Schumer is making an action comedy with Paul Feig. Vincent D'Onofrio will play the villain in the CHiPs movie. George Miller's almost-made Justice League movie will be the subject of a documentary. Alicia Vikander may co-star in the next Bourne movie and Assassin's Creed. Joe Wright will direct Anne...
- Christopher Campbell
Did Memorial Day weekend throw you off enough that you missed some of the bigger entertainment stories this week? Well, don’t fret, because it’s time to take a look at the Best Stories of the Week. This week we’ve got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel’s developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter […]
- Ethan Anderton
The first official image of Andy Serkis filming his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived online, revealing his part will be done entirely with motion-capture technology, a la his previous work in the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes movies. Remember these two? Yup, same guy. Serkis is pretty much the king of motion-capture technology. The new image, via the Star Wars website, is part of a longer interview with famed photographer Annie...
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One of the major problems with Avengers: Age Of Ultron was that it too often felt hobbled by its attempts to set up future installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Thor’s vision of the Infinity Stones to the introduction of magic through Scarlet Witch. Now, it’s emerged that director Joss Whedon was originally planned to have yet another teaser for a future Marvel entry – Black Panther – by setting a scene within the fictional African nation of Wakanda, but he eventually chose to take a different route with the scene.
In Age of Ultron, the titular A.I. seeks vibranium, the same metal from which Cap’s shield was forged, within Africa. In the film, he ends up finding the resource at a South African shipping yard overseen by the villainous Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis).
Originally, though, Ultron was meant to retrieve the mineral from a state-of-the-art mine in Wakanda, »
- Isaac Feldberg
No, this is not the final look for Andy Serkis’s gravel-voiced character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The picture, as you’ll have guessed, shows him in his performance-capture rig. But we do at least now know his character’s name thanks to Vanity Fair and the official Star Wars site: Supreme Leader Snoke.We’ll have to wait to see what Snoke actually looks like once Ilm have worked their industrial light-based magic on his performance, but it’s safe to say that Snoke is probably not the friendliest sort. It’s not mentioned in the piece on the site, but we’d wager a hefty bag of credits that he’s the top dog in the First Order, born from the ruins of the Galactic Empire. That's his voice talking over the original teaser for the film.The image is a shot that was never »
We can scrub one mystery off the list for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's no secret that Andy Serkis is amongst the cast for the movie, and the performance capture guru had been working in a thus-far unrevealed role. But a new image has shone light on just who he's going to be playing in the movie.
Courtesy of a picture that landed at Vanity Fair, it's been revealed that Andy Serkis is to take on the role of Supreme Leader Snoke in the film. Which side of the good or evil fence he falls on we're not sure of just yet (so there's still a mystery waiting to be solved there), but he sure looks a bit spooky in the image that's been released of him in his performance capture gear. »
The first official image of Andy Serkis filming his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived online, revealing his part will be done entirely with motion-capture technology, a la his previous work in the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes movies. The image, via the Star Wars website, is part of a longer interview with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. And within it we also learn who Serkis is playing -- a character named Supreme Leader Snoke. Check him out below. Click image to enlarge. It's not revealed how Supreme Leader Snoke fits into the film, though we're assuming he's a bad guy -- and perhaps the new trilogy's primary antagonist, much in the same way the Emperor was in the original Star Wars movies. Leibovitz, who's...
- Erik Davis
Details have finally been revealed about Andy Serkis' character. Just a precious few. Information about the new film, the first of a third trilogy, has been released gradually since the movies were announced in 2013. The new Star Wars features several returning stars, such as Harrison Ford, and a lot of newbies, including Girls' Adam Driver. Few details about their roles have already been revealed, while Serkis' was kept under wraps. Until Thursday. That day, StarWars.com published an interview with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who photographed members of the cast in costume, on the set, earlier this year for Vanity Fair. Pics of other actors were »
So with a couple trailers released, a big Star Wars Celebration event behind them, and a batch of new images floating around, Disney seems to have gone back into hibernation as they get ready to birth "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" later this year. So it means fans will take whatever morsel of info they can get and today a little crumb has arrived. The official Star Wars site has revealed that Andy Serkis will be playing Supreme Leader Snoke in the movie, and we'll leave it to everyone else to try and decipher what that means. The site also has a shot of the actor in his mo-cap which we won't reproduce here for fear of incurring the wrath of photographer Annie Leibovitz's lawyers, but it is interesting because for a while, it was assumed he had a regular acting role in the film. Maybe both? Maybe his »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Real news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been scarce since the project was announced, and now, six months before the film's release, it's still pretty much nonexistent. But one little nugget buried in a new StarWars.com interview with photographer Annie Leibovitz, who took photos of the cast for Vanity Fair, reveals whom Andy Serkis will be playing in the film. Meet Supreme Leader Snoke, who, like Lupita Nyongo's character in the film, will be created using Serkis's trusty motion-capture technology. Below is a photo of Andy on set with a bunch of those glowing dots all over his face — so you'll just have to imagine what his character will look like in postproduction. Other than his name, the interview doesn't reveal any details about Supreme Leader Snoke. (Though we do know he's the voice-over in the first trailer.) It's all but guaranteed he won't be »
- Dee Lockett
This is cool. But I can't wait to see what the character actually looks like in the movie. There's an interesting interview with photographer Annie Leibovitz on StarWars.com that includes a fantastic new shot of Andy Serkis in full motion capture gear to play a character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. The shot shows him inside a mo-cap rig, presumably at Ilm, with cameras all around and dots all over his face. In the interview they reveal: "Andy Serkis is playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character is being created through performance capture." Indeed. See him below. Here's the new photo. Nothing else new was revealed - but the rest of the interview is worth reading here. From StarWars.com, referencing other Leibovitz shots: "Lupita Nyong'o, who plays the computer-generated pirate Maz Kanata, was photographed close-up, motion-capture trackers glittering her »
- Alex Billington
He’s been in more movie franchises than a Rancor’s had hot dinners. So it was no surprise to learn character Brit par excellence Andy Serkis had gotten cast in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
The big question… who was Serkis playing? Well, after Gollum, Kong, Caesar and Ulysses Klaw his contribution to the Lucasfilm/Disney universe has finally been revealed…
As you can see, he’s back in the motion capture suit as new creation Supreme Leader Snoke. No details yet on how he’ll eventually look, but it’s guaranteed the character will bear all the hallmarks of a Serkis performance.
StarWars.com released the image via a feature with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz.
The CGI-enhanced actor takes his place alongside Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and many others when Episode VII – directed by J.J. Abrams – braves the cinematic meteor storm in December. »
- Steve Palace
With all of the trailer excitement surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I forgot all about Andy Serkis' cryptic narration over the initial teaser for J.J. Abrams' film. With all of the character reveals we have seen in recent months, Serkis' role has still bee a mystery. That is, until now. In a follow up to the Vanity Fair photo spread by Annie Leibowitz, StarWars.com has... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Since Andy Serkis - one of the leading pioneers of motion capture performance – joined the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s been much speculation around not only who the actor would play, but what kind of character he’s portray in the Star Wars universe.
As part of Vanity Fair’s Star Wars issue photographed by Annie Leibovitz, it has now been revealed that Serkis is indeed playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke and the performance will be created through motion capture. Serkis may be the mo-cap king, but he's not the only one on this set: Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o's performance will also be a mo-cap one.
If you’re looking for any more insight into the character, you’ll come up empty handed. We have no idea who or what a Snoke is, if he’s a human, what exactly he’s the supreme leader of, »
- Rachel West
Capturing a Galaxy: An exclusive interview with @AnnieLeibovitz discusses her #TheForceAwakens @VanityFair photos. http://t.co/umCbvWHJOI
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 28, 2015
There is still no word on what Serkis's character will eventually look like when he hits the screen.
However, we do know the new look Stormtroopers in the film have been inspired by Apple products.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens moves the saga's story on 30 years from the events of Episode VI, with the core three characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo returning.
Jj Abrams has said it was curiosity about those characters that led him to agree to direct the new film.
"Where is Han Solo? »
Bit by bit, Disney/Lucasfilm is peeling back the mystery of “The Force Awakens” before it arrives in theaters this December. The roll-out has layers…like an onion or a parfait. The latest layer to be revealed? Andy Serkis in full “costume.” Over at StarWars.com, Annie Leibovitz gave an exclusive interview about what it’s been like to have exclusive access to the iconic saga over the years for her photoshoots. There were a handful of tiny reveals — Bb-8 is referred to by male pronouns, how Leibovitz requested Lupita put on the MoCap rig to show off that side of movie magic — peppered throughout. Then halfway through the interview, the bombshell is dropped. Andy Serkis will play a new character known as Supreme Leader Snoke. What does that mean, exactly? No one knows and that’s the point. The wild speculation rumpus begins anew! Image Credit: Vanity Fair. Photo by Annie Leibovitz. »
- Donna Dickens
Slowly, but surely, we've been learning more and more about the new characters populating Star Wars: The Force Awakens and today brings a fairly big one with the first details about Andy Serkis' mysterious character in the new film.
We're only seven months away from the new Star Wars movie, and things are finally coming together. We've learned the names of a few of the new characters thanks to this month's Vanity Fair article, but there's one more we can add to the list: Supreme Leader Snoke. The reveal of the character comes from StarWars.com in an interview with Anne Leibovitz about the amazing photographs she took for the magazine.
So yes, this means, as we've speculated for a while now, that Andy Serkis is definitely playing a motion-capture CGI character in the film. Sadly, no other details about the character have been revealed (not even the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
One of the last remaining mysteries surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been revealed. and in such a casual fashion! Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz granted StarWars.com an exclusive interview about the exclusive photos she took on the set of J.J. Abrams. impending Star Wars sequel. And after sharing a photo she took of Andy Serkis that wasn.t used in the magazine spread, it was revealed that Serkis. character will be named Supreme Leader Snoke. As is typical of Andy Serkis, his performance is motion-captured, meaning that he wears the physically daunting apparatus on his facial features and computers capture (and later manipulate) the portrayal into a CGI mask that they want to appear on screen. Serkis, over the years, has become the go-to talent in this field, using mo-cap for movies like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and, most recently, the Planet of the Apes »
For months, one of the mystery roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has revolved around Andy Serkis. Who exactly he would be playing and would he once again don a motion capture suit has been a question on everyone’s mind. After the first trailer was released last December it was revealed the dialogue spoken throughout is actually from Serkis, confirming some theories that he could be playing a Sith Lord.
Some of those questions have at last been answered today as Andy Serkis was announced to be playing Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order. With this announcement also came a picture of Serkis in a full motion capture suit sitting in a Emperor Palpatine-like pose.
Already the name Snoke has been gaining attention online with some people suggesting Snoke is a fake name to keep the real one hidden from the public for a while longer. »
- Ricky Church
StarWars.com has revealed that Andy Serkis is playing a motion-capture character named Supreme Leader Snoke in J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which hits theaters in December. Famed photographer Annie Liebovitz was on set during production and took a photograph of Serkis wearing his mo-cap suit for Vanity Fair. It’s unclear what, exactly, Snoke is the Supreme Leader of, but it’s assumed he’ll be a powerful villain with a tragic backstory. The character can be heard narrating the first “Force Awakens” teaser. Also Read: New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Teases Return of »
- Jeff Sneider
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