Andy Serkis would apparently jump at the opportunity to return as Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum, or another Middle-earth character, according to his latest comments.
Serkis discussed Warner Bros.’ new Lord of the Rings movie advertising on BroBible’s Post credit podcast. There, he talked about whether he would venture back into the franchise if director Peter Jackson returns to film some of the new projects. “Look, (producers) Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens are kind of a second family that I’ve become a part of and made so many films with, and – let me tell you – they’re the best and most incredible people to work with,” Serkis said. He then added, “I think there are so many other potential Middle Earth projects that could come to fruition, and if they do, of course I would jump at the chance to rekindle that relationship,” before noting. , “Middle Earth has never left me.”
Andy Serkis’ groundbreaking Gollum role
After appearing briefly, hidden by shadows, i The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingSerkis played a significant role in The Jacksons The two towers and The Return of the King adaptations such as the corrupt hobbit Gollum. Using motion-capture technology to bring Gollum to life, his appearance marked a watershed moment in film history and opened the door for other CGI characters such as Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Davy Jones and Avatar‘s Na’vi species. After that successful performance, Serkis would go on to play similar motion capture characters in the 2000s and 2010s, including King KongKing’s, planet of the Apes‘Caesar and Star wars antagonist Supreme Leader Snoke. He also briefly returned as Gollum in 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeythat reveals how Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) met and stole the One Ring from Gollum.
In addition to his signature capacity as a motion capture actor, Serkis transitioned to work behind the camera, most notably as director of the 2021 Marvel sequel Venom: Let there be carnage and the Rudyard Kipling-adapted 2018 film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. He has also put in notable non-mocap acting roles as butler/father figure Alfred Pennyworth in the 2022 film Batman and played prison block leader Kino Loy on Disney+ Star wars series Andor. He has also recently starred in Netflix’s Luther: The fallen suna lengthy sequel to Idris Elba’s acclaimed procedural drama.
Warner lands more Lord of the Rings movies
In connection with Serkis’ future Gollum comeback, Warner Bros. announced the production of the future Lord of the Rings movie last month as part of a multi-year deal with New Line Cinema and gaming company Embracer Group AB, which holds the franchise’s IP rights. This news will not affect Amazon Studios’ The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power show, which, despite polarizing critics and audiences, is currently filming Season 2. According to co-showrunner Patrick McKay, much of the show’s five-season narrative has been thought through. “There is a long-term plan with tentpole moments along the way and a very specific and clear end point,” he explained. “And that’s not just for big narrative plot-lore stuff, but also for character arcs.”
No release date has yet been announced for Warners’ new Lord of the Rings movie. Rings of power Season 1 is currently streaming on Prime Video.
Source: Bro Bible’s Post-Credit Podcast