The man behind Lord Of The Rings' notorious Gollum monster is reuniting with director Peter Jackson to play King Kong in the forthcoming movie remake.

Limber Andy Serkis, 40, will repeat his award-winning talent of providing motion capture reference for the epic gorilla, who will eventually be transformed into a convincing computer-generated creature in the eagerly awaited blockbuster starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody.

Jackson explains, "I expect this time round will be a very different experience for both Andy and myself as we'll actually get to shoot extended drama sequences together.

"It will be a little weird seeing Andy out of his Gollum gimp suit and I hope we can both make the adjustment!

"While Andy will provide very valuable onset reference, this doesn't mean we will be softening Kong by attempting to humanise him. The power of the story lies in the fact that this is a savage beast from a hostile environment, and we don't intend to compromise that."

11/06/2004 19:32