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Andy Serkis to Play a Mocap Caesar in Fox's Rise of the Apes

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June 29, 2010
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Great news for anyone who love British actor Andy Serkis. Or for anyone looking forward to Fox's Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. Fox just launched an official Twitter feed today with a bit of news: "Gollum reteams with Weta. Andy Serkis to star as Caesar in Rise of the Apes, portraying chimp who leads the simian revolt." Serkis has already "played" another ape before - King Kong in Peter Jackson's remake from 2005. As we know, Weta is creating all of the apes digitally, but it's great to hear they've got someone talented behind the very vital role of Caesar. James Franco stars in the movie and Rupert Wyatt is directing.

Rise of the Apes is set in contemporary San Francisco and follows a young scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes. Franco has been testing his Alzheimer cure on apes, but one of them, named Caesar, starts to evolve rapidly, so he takes him home to live with him and protect him from the "cruel doctors," thus starting the inevitable ape revolution. Shooting starts up in Vancouver next month and Fox has set a June 24th, 2011 release next summer. For now we're waiting for bits of news about Rise of the Apes to trickle out, but I really think it's coming together well, at least with a great cast! Thoughts?

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  • Paul
    This guy can do no wrong, he makes everything better. I loved his small part in The Prestige.
  • Eli
    I still haven't watched the old planet of the apes but Tim Burton's take on it was pretty exciting. Though it taught me that burton isn't one to deliver on intense action sequences. I'm glad to hear Franco is part of this. He's a talented guy and he's fun to watch for some reason. Serkis is pretty insane with his motion captures so this is gonna be interesting. Also, WETA rocks. What other companys are big in hollywood that do motion capture?
  • Framestore, Imagemovers, Blur, Gentle Giant, Halon, Hybride, Hydraulx, ILM, Kerner, LOOK!, Lola, PLF, Prime Focus, Stan Winston Studios, Third Floor, Digital Domain, Cinnovation, Asylum, Matte World, Ollin, Savage, Eden, Outback, Eyetronics, and Rock Paper Scissors... That's all I can think of from my daily readings of Cinefex, but there are literally hundreds more...
  • cicool
    Giantstudios - mocap only.
  • deadpool 72
    intresting,shit hot as gollum not bad as king kong.
  • Clover
    This....even though a no brainer, is really good news.
  • jont
    is it me or is this a first we are seeing. the first cg actor
  • Eli
    ...thanks peloquin. I have to look them up because I don't recall hearin' any of them before. Maybe I have but just don't know it.

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