First Trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
04.14.11 by Ryan
After just recently changing its title from Rise of the Apes to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the first trailer for director Rupert Wyatt's Planet of the Apes prequel has arrived online.
The trailer comes after the first footage of frequent motion capture actor Andy Serkis as intelligent ape Caesar was revealed. Created by Weta Digital, the New Zealand-based effects company that previously turned Serkis into Gollum in the The Lord of the Rings movies and as a much larger primate in King Kong (as well as creating the Na'vi for Avatar), Empire magazine witnessed Serkis' transformation into Caesar while visiting the Vancouver set of Rise. There, Serkis explained the difference between playing Kong and Caesar.
Kong was purely a gorilla, so I went all-out to to make that work and play the psychology and DNA of a pure gorilla. But this is much more mercurial and "shifting sands" in terms of who this creature is, because he's brought up with human beings, and then he's inherited this drug which has enhanced his intelligence, so you have to almost forget he's a chimp, really. We've been experimenting with treating him much more as a human being, really. It feels more like a human drama story.
Serkis as Caesar is one of many apes revealed in the trailer, and Weta's senior visual effects supervisor Joe Leterri revealed that the goal was to "create these completely believable ape characters and treat them completely in a live-action sense", which meant having Serkis and the other actors playing apes acting alongside the rest of the cast.
This actually grew most directly out of what we were doing on Avatar, but here we brought the motion capture completely onto the live-action stage. We had to hide all of the motion-capture cameras all over the live-action sets. And so we could have Andy Serkis, and any of the other actors playing the apes in the set with the [non-ape] actors actually performing.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars James Franco as geneticist Will Rodman, and co-stars John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and Freida Pinto.