Andy Serkis Locked For ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Sequel

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20th Century Fox has always wanted Andy Serkis to reprise his acclaimed motion-capture performance as the ape Caesar in the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (obviously). However, Serkis’ original deal for the hit Planet of the Apes franchise reboot/prequel (or, rather, “requel”) did not come with a sequel option – so, technically, he wasn’t a lock for the followup.

Studio heads have now closed a deal with the mo-cap aficionado, who will be paid a tidy seven-figure sum for his role in the Apes sequel – one which is (currently) still in the very early stages of development.

Deadline says that Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriting duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are set to return for the sequel, along with Serkis and director Rupert Wyatt. The latter previously revealed some of the possible setups he was considering for the next installment in the refurnished Planet of the Apes series, but has yet to (officially) settle on any one of them.

[Warning, Rise of the Planet of the Apes SPOILERS below]






One plot point the Apes “requel” distinctly set up for was the spread of a human-engineered virus around the globe, which could mean the followup will (to some degree) resemble a pandemic drama/thriller like Contagion – albeit, one where non-human sapiens also take advantage of the ensuing chaos and social meltdown to establish a new world order.

It’s partially for that reason that neither of the two main human protagonists who were still alive by the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes – ie. Will Rodman (James Franco) and Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto) – are guaranteed to return in the sequel. Serkis as Caesar, on the other hand, will definitely play an important role in the film, regardless of the narrative setup Jaffa, Silver, and Wyatt ultimately select to move ahead with.

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Caesar (Andy Serkis) in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

On a somewhat different note: Deadline is also reporting that Fox will in fact campaign for Serkis to receive an Oscar-nomination for his technologically-aided performance as Caesar. Many a moviegoer would surely agree that he deserves it, if only for his (impressive) collective mo-cap work – including his turns as the shriveled Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming Hobbit adaptation, the namesake of Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake, and the burly Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin.

Whether or not Serkis will actually get the recognition he arguably deserves is, of course, another matter altogether…


We will continue to keep you posted on the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Serkis should definitely get a Special Achievement Award from the Academy for what he’s done the past decade. Gollum and Caesar were two brilliant characters and he was a huge part of that.

  2. Yeah, ^^ that ^^.

    Serkis made this movie.

  3. sweeet

  4. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is one of the best films of the year.

    Serkis did a great job as Caesar, his performance was the best part of the film and the story was well written.

    I hope Serkis will return for the sequel, also Wyatt, Pointo and France and hopefully this sequel turns out to better than the first one.

  5. Serkis’s Caesar has better acting skills than Franco, that’s for sure.

  6. I didn’t even know that Serkis played Caesar until after I saw Rise. No other actor could create as unforgettable characters with only facial expressions. He is truly gifted.

  7. But this movie was an abomination. Shouldn’t have even tried to use the same name as the Charlton Heston original. Should’ve just been upfront about what it was..a bad rip off.

    • A franchise can’t rip itself off…

    • It wasnt the same name of the Heston movie either.

      Planet of the Apes was the Heston movie where:
      An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

      This movie was named Rise of the Planet of the Apes where:
      During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.

      All taken from IMDB as I didnt want to type.

  8. I support Andy Serkis and looking forward to his performance in THE HOBBIT !!!!!!!!!!!

    • I could not agree with you more :]

  9. Rise was the best movie of the summer for me, which is saying a lot, as I enjoyed a lot of the others I saw, too.

    I could actually tell at one point that Serkis was Caesar, there were some definite Gollum mannerisms – or close to it. At that point I started wondering, “I wonder if they got the same guy?” And turned out it was the case. Even despite that though, it’s another brilliant performance and I’d welcome the chance to see him again in another Apes movie :)