Apparently not satisfied with groundbreaking roles in the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit franchises, the latest Planet Of The Apes films and the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, renaissance man Andy Serkis is now also working on Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Serkis has been coy over the last few months about whether he’s got an on-screen role in the foregone-conclusion blockbuster (The Vision? Thanos? Black Panther?), but confirmed in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that he and his creative consulting company The Imaginarium have been collaborating with Mark Ruffalo on the actor’s motion-capture technique for the Hulk.
Serkis, who’s brought iconic characters like Gollum, King Kong and ultra-intelligent chimp Caesar to life on the big screen, also shared some insight with Variety magazine. “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.” We’ll have to wait and see if Ruffalo can tap into the same incredible physicality that has made Serkis so sought after since 2001. Andy’s next project will see him step behind the camera on Warner’s upcoming live-action Jungle Book movie, which will put him in direct competition with Jon Favreau’s Disney film that mines the same source material.