The amazingly versatile Andy Serkis has secured himself a role in the highly anticipated upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.

In casting news announced this week, Earache’s Andy will be joining  original cast Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill along with some exciting new additions.

Set 35 years after the events of  The Return of the Jedi, the film will focus on a new young trio, along with characters from the previous installments.

The story and characters that the new cast will be playing are still a closely guarded secret, but filming begins on the seventh outing in this epic series in just a few weeks.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, we can expect to see Star Wars Episode VII  in cinemas from December next year!