Because Benedict Cumberbatch is in, you know, everything these days, it was perhaps a not so impossible notion that it was his voice in the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens announcing an awakening for the Dark Side and the Light, and hey, can you feel it John Boyega? But no, it is not Cumberbatch, understandable though it may be because of Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and his fondness for the man, and there was also a poor attempt to dupe fans with a fake trailer featuring Cumberbatch’s voice over from the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. But nope, shortly after the trailer’s release Friday, many writers confirmed via sources that the voice belonged to Andy Serkis, and now the man himself has doubly confirmed it.
In an interview with UK’s Absolute Radio, Serkis had a good laugh at the idea that people have mistaken him for the understated growl of Cumberbatch. According to Serkis, the omnipresent British actor doesn’t need the help that comes from appearing in a Star Wars movie. “Oh no!” he said. “I’m sure Benedict doesn’t need anymore attention at the moment, for goodness’ sake.”
On the subject of who Serkis is giving voice to in the trailer, that is to say what character he might be playing in the film, that’s a question he left unanswered when pressed. Naturally. Of course Serkis is not going to give up such an important piece of info, especially not on some random talk show. Might Serkis play an Emperor like figure, the new Master of the Dark Side of the Force? We await the word from the Dark Masters of the Lucasfilm for confirmation (but he certainly looks to have embraced the Dark Side in the above portrait.
And really, what is this obsession we all have with Cumberbatch? I mean, he’s a good actor and all, but he’s been attached to Star Wars about as long as J.J. Abrams, and despite the fact that there’s been no official announcement that he’s part of the cast, we can’t shake this idea that he’s there in the film, secretly, waiting to be revealed. Of course, if you know anything about Abrams, then you know that if anyone’s going to have a secret cameo in Star Wars its Abrams’ regulars like Greg Grunberg and Amanda Foreman, who’ve both been with Abrams since his Felicity days. Of course, this supposition could be way off. Who knows? At least until…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters everywhere in December 18, 2015.