While it might be a mystery to some on why certain actors were chosen for Star Wars: Episode VII, it turns out that one reason was revealed for Andy Serkis who reportedly made a great impression on director J.J. Abrams.
On Friday, Mirror posted a story that mentioned that Abrams was apparently impressed so much by Serkis's performance in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that he decided to give the actor a shot.
"I showed him a bit of the movie," Apes director Matt Reeves said about Abrams. "I wanted to get some feedback. And I know that he had known and really loved Andy Serkis."
"And the thing that struck me, and actually got me so excited, was the mystery behind how great he is, is that he's great," Reeves continued. "That he's an amazing actor."
The director went on about Abrams' reactions after seeing Serkis perform without having to actually see much.
"And the scenes that I showed [Abrams] were of Andy just in mo-cap," Reeves said. "And he was like, 'Oh my God, he's an incredible actor.' He was so blown away."
Reeves then revealed that he thinks Serkis's role in his own film is what led him to win the role in the new Star Wars flick.
"[Abrams] said to me, 'That looks- I'm not kidding when I tell you I think that's one of the best performances I've ever seen,'" Reeves said. "I said, 'I know, isn't he amazing?' He's so good."
Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.