Clare Sidoti Content Editor
The king of performance capture acting is back and he’s bringing life once again to a majestic ape.
English actor, Andy Serkis, best known for his portrayal of Gollum in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films, is heading back to the jungle for work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He is reprising his role as Caesar, the super intelligent ape leader in Dawn, the sequel to the 2011 Apes reboot hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
To coincide with the film’s panel at Comic-Con over the weekend, the first official still from the film was released yesterday and fittingly, it is of Caesar. The Daily Mail describes it perfectly saying: “With his piercing cold grey steel eyes staring straight ahead and his right arm raised ominously, this monkey means business”. While Caesar takes centre stage in the shot, roughly a dozen or so other apes are seen in the background clinging to the jungle’s tree trunks.
The movie, directed by Matt Reeves (Felicity and Cloverfield), focuses on a group of scientists in San Francisco who are attempting to stay alive after a killer virus threatened to decimate the human race. While their struggling to survive, Caesar is trying to maintain his dominance over the ape community.
Joining Serkis, are newcomers to the franchise Keri Russell and Gary Oldman. James Franco, who starred in the first film, is not returning.
Look for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in cinemas next year.