Cate Blanchett’s rep­til­ian new film role

Central and North Burnett Times - - READ - — James Wigney

MO­TION cap­ture ex­pert Andy Serkis says that Cate Blanchett is “phe­nom­e­nal” in his com­ing ver­sion of The Jun­gle Book. The Aussie two-time Os­car-win­ner plays the snake Kaa in the ver­sion be­ing di­rected by Serkis, along­side fel­low Os­car-win­ner Chris­tian Bale as pan­ther Bagheera, and Os­car nom­i­nee Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as the vil­lain­ous tiger Shere Khan.

Serkis was forced to de­lay the re­lease of his ver­sion of the beloved tale back to 2018 after Jon Favreau’s Jun­gle Book came out last year and took more than $1 bil­lion at the box of­fice.

Serkis, most fa­mous for his play­ing Gol­lum in the Lord of the Rings tril­ogy, is still work­ing on the film us­ing his state of the art tech­nol­ogy and this month had his LOTR co-star Blanchett slith­er­ing around on the floor in a mo­tion cap­ture suit.

“I was work­ing with her a cou­ple of weeks ago,” Serkis said. “You should see her — and one day you will. You will see some amaz­ing footage of her do­ing just that and it’s phe­nom­e­nal.”

Serkis, the world’s pre­miere mo­tion cap­ture ex­pert thanks to his work as Gol­lum, King Kong and Cae­sar the chimp in the Planet Of the Apes tril­ogy, says that it’s now easy to at­tract A-list ta­lent to what was once seen as a gim­mick, with ac­tors ex­cited by the pos­si­bil­i­ties it presents.

“There is a sense of ac­tors want­ing this,” he said. “Philo­soph­i­cally it of­fers you so much. Your ca­reer can go on and you can keep ex­pand­ing and chang­ing into dif­fer­ent things and you can play any­thing. When you have had a long ca­reer like Cate or Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch or Chris­tian Bale, to then have the abil­ity to go ‘wow, there is this whole other world where I can play all th­ese dif­fer­ent things’.

“You can play a pan­ther or tiger and fully em­body it — not just stand in a booth and do a voice, but to re­ally be­come it and own it. It is a phe­nom­e­nal 21st Century tool for an ac­tor.”

Serkis will play chim­panzee Cae­sar for a third time in War For the Planet Of the Apes, which opens on July 27.

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