This prequel/reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise has James Franco playing a brilliant scientist whose would-be cure for Alzheimer's inadvertently creates an ape of remarkable intelligence, fittingly named "Caesar." The ape will be brought to life onscreen via some equally remarkable motion-capture CGI technology, combined with another great turn by CGI character actor, Andy Serkis (The Hobbit, King Kong).
There's a new Comic-Con trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes which we've posted below, but:
THIS TRAILER CONTAINS SOME CONSIDERABLE SPOILERS ABOUT THE MOVIE'S CLIMAX. WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Check out the Comic-Con 2011 trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes:
Yes, this trailer does show off a little bit too much of the movie's final act, and the fate of a pivotal supporting character (Steve Jacobs, played by David Oyelowo) - but then again, is the outcome of this movie really a surprise for anyone?
SPOILER ALERT: The Apes Rise.
What does look to be interesting, however, is the performance of Serkis as Caesar. Serkis playing Gollum in Lord of the Rings was revolutionary, and he got inside of King Kong and made that monster more "human" in some ways than the humans in the film were. And here, again with the help of WETA workshop, it looks like Serkis is adding yet another milestone to his belt: making a non-human, yet reality-based, entity into a fully-developed and believable character.
In fact, we've been saying it for some time: Even though much of Rise of the Planet of the Apes looks like a standard sci-fi B-movie, Serkis' performance is likely going to be the element that elevates this project. That and the effects on those Apes. Good stuff.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be in theaters on August 5, 2011.
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