UPDATE! Pip Andersen to Play a Mo-Cap Character in Episode VII?
Star Wars: Episode VII actor and professional parkour athlete Pip Andersen shared on Twitter that he recently visited the Imaginarium in the UK. The Imaginarium is Andy Serkis’ motion capture company which was recently announced to be involved in all of the performance capture on the upcoming Star Wars projects. Could this mean that Pip is playing a mo-cap character in Episode VII…?
First it appears that Pip did some filming 2 weeks ago on the Episode VII set, accompanied by his wife.
— Becky Andersen (@beckyandersen) September 26, 2014
Later he shared that he was going to London at Imaginarium UK and hinted that it was about work:
Off to London for a week 🙂 “work” lols — Pip Andersen (@piptrix) October 5, 2014
— Pip Andersen (@piptrix) October 6, 2014
After these comments there are no doubts that Andersen did some mo-cap work for the Imaginarium. So is his character in Episode VII an alien? Or maybe he did some additional work for another character? Time will tell. Whatever the case it appears that the mo-cap process will be an important part of the movie.
As you remember few months ago Imaginarium founder Andy Serkis confirmed that his company is involved in all of the performance capture on the upcoming Star Wars projects. He also revealed that he is “playing a character in that.” In a later interview Serkis revealed more on his company’s involvement. (via MagnarTheGreat from The Cantina boards)
What’s coming up with Star Wars that you can say? Serkis: Very, very little about Star Wars unfortunately… I mean I’d love to–I’d to fill you in on everything. I mean… I suppose what I can say is…I’m not… I’m not playing a main character, it’s more of a cameo role. We’re also playing an important part in Star Wars in that the performance capture company–The Imaginarium–that I started two years ago. We’re involved in the consultancy for the picture. So there’ll be more of that as opposed to the straight forward stuff Lucas did in the last trilogy… Serkis: ??? performance capture in it yep.
So what do you think? What character is Pip Andersen playing in Episode VII? Human, alien or both.
Writer and Director Dawson James who is also doing some mo-cap work at the Imaginarium for his movie HUD shared a photo of him and Pip Anderesen both in mo-cap suits. Both projects are not related but probably they met each other on the Imaginarium set during the breaks of the filming.
— Dawson James (@dawsoncjames) October 9, 2014
And while this indeed could mean that Pip is playing a mo-cap character in Episode VII, there is still a possibility that he is doing this for a separate project. So keep that in mind too.