Serkis: It's me on Star Wars teaser
Andy Serkis has confirmed that his voice leads the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Lord Of The Rings and Planet Of The Apes star admitted that it is his voice in the brief footage for the seventh instalment of the sci-fi franchise, which has amassed more than 40 million hits in the 72 hours since it was released.
"I think I can safely confirm that it's me," he told the BBC.
The 88-second-long trailer, which features John Boyega as a stormtrooper, has already spawned parodies including a Lego version.
"I knew it was going to cause a bit of a rumpus but not that much. It's extraordinary. People are just so excited about it," Andy continued. "And JJ Abrams has done an amazing job on the film, he really has. Fans won't be disappointed."
During an interview with Collider, Andy said: "It's extraordinary. Especially the loving way that JJ has made this film. It has such heart, it's contextualised brilliantly, the story arc is amazing and the characters - the new characters as well as the returnees - are fantastically drawn. It's a proper film with character. It feels like the old Star Wars movies."
Andy has remained tight-lipped about his role in the movie, although there are rumours he could be playing multiple characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
According to Jedi News, he will have two roles in the film - one motion capture based, while the other is a "pivotal role in the first act story arc that entwines with Daisy Ridley's backstory."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, starring returning cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher alongside newcomers Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson, is due for release on December 18, 2015.