Don't let Andy Serkis' new job as 2nd Unit Director on "The Hobbit" fool you — the man is most certainly still up to his old tricks as a motion-capture artist.
Not only is Serkis reprising his role as Gollum for "The Hobbit," but he's up to monkey business again with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Fox's recently retitled prequel to the classic "Apes" franchise. Serkis is channeling his inner King Kong once more as Caesar, the main ape in "Rise" that eventually leads an uprising against mankind.
A full-on teaser trailer for "Apes" is expected to land later in the week, and ahead of that, we've got our first official look at one of the film's monkeys in motion.
The four-second footage comes courtesy of the official "Rise of the Apes" Facebook page, and while it doesn't reveal much in the way of plot, it's certainly an impressive look at the animated apes brought to stunning life by Weta Workshop, the same visual effects studio responsible for "Lord of the Rings." And this teaser — which, really, is almost just a tease — won't stand on its own for long, as Weta plans to host a live Q&A session on Wednesday (April 13) at 2:30 PM, answering fan questions and revealing exclusive footage from the film.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" takes place in San Francisco and chronicles the events that led to the global apocalypse where man became subservient to ape. James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton and more star in the prequel, which rises in theaters on August 5.
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