Andy Serkis reprises his role as 2nd Unit Director in Peter Jackson's prequel to The Lord of The Rings. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second installment of a new trilogy.
Andy Serkis portrayed Gollum and was 2nd Unit Director of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)
"The incomparable Gollum, once again incarnated by Andy Serkis in what remains an unmatched feat of computer-assisted performance." -- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Andy also worked for 18 months as Second Unit Director of The Hobbit. Peter Jackson talks about working with Andy in this behind-the-scenes video.
"Actor Andy Serkis plus motion-capture still equals the most memorable character in all of 21st century film." — Bob Mondello, NPR
"The malignant Gollum (the again superb Andy Serkis, in eye-bulging Peter Lorre mode) ... engages Bilbo in a winner-take-all riddle contest." — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"Animated by CGI wizardry laid over Oscar-worthy physical and vocal work by Andy Serkis, this magnificently creepy, tortured thing makes his appearance deep into the picture. And from the minute his two big round pale eyes meet Bilbo's — and ours — The Hobbit gets a second wind that lofts this chapter to the finish line." — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It is a joy and a thrill to once more see mo-cap master Serkis owning the role, and to have the celebrated encounter brilliantly re-envisioned through the prism of the Sméagol/Gollum split personality." — Dan Jolin, Empire
"What saves the day is the spidery, schizoid Gollum, again performed by the great Andy Serkis through the craft of motion capture. Though Serkis works on set with the actors, he has been denied Oscar recognition because of the computer animation involved. Fie on you, Academy! Serkis equals and surpasses most of what passes for award-caliber performances." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone