“There’s been an awakening…Have you felt it?”
The question that kicks off the 88 seconds of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is only one of two lines of dialogue spoken, and they both are delivered via mysterious voice-over. Naturally, this has led to speculation about who the cryptic voice belongs to, and what role they might be playing in a galaxy far, far away.
Early guesses pointed towards The Force Awakens cast members Max von Sydow or Adam Driver, but somehow even Benedict Cumberbatch — who is not in the movie — got dragged into the mystery. Those names have been shot down now, with reports citing it’s actually versatile actor Andy Serkis narrating the trailer.
Steven “Frosty” Weintraub from Collider was the first to identify the voice as Serkis’, followed by confirmation from Drew McWeeny at Hitfix in a report that claims Serkis is “playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time.”
Aside from his upcoming work in the Star Wars sequel, Serkis is also set to appear in Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron, and has previously donned a motion-capture suit for his performance as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, as well as Caesar in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Warwick Davis, and newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie.
The film is scheduled to open Dec. 18, 2015, which means you have lots of time to watch the trailer again (and again).
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