Opening in theaters on August 5th is the long awaited new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a prequel/reboot of the
classic Charlton Heston sci-fi series.The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) and promises to tell the story of how our Earth was taken over by super-intelligent primates and became the futuristic, Ape-controlled Earth that Heston discovers in the original film. The movie features an all-star cast that includes Academy Award nominated actor James Franco (Spider-Man), Frieda Pinto (Immortals), Tom Felton (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United), John Lithgow (Shrek), and motion-capture actor Andy Serkis (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Caesar, the future leader of the apes revolution.
IAR's Jami Philbrick had a chance to catch up with director Rupert Wyatt, and actor Andy Serkis at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego last month to discuss the new film, Serkis' experience portraying primates on screen, and exactly how this film will line up with the other movies in the franchise.
To watch our exclusive video with Andy Serkis and director Rupert Wyatt about Rise of the Planet of the Apes, please click on the video player above.
Will Rodman (Franco) is a scientist, currently residing in San Francisco, who is working on a cure for Alzheimer's Disease by performing tests on apes. The first test subject is a chimpanzee, named Caesar (Serkis), whose parents had been captured in Africa. Rodman's "cure" not only repairs brain cells but it genetically modifies Caesar's way of thinking to create a new breed of ape with human-like intelligence. Caesar learns unbelievably well, but human authority orders him locked up. However, he eventually proves to be smart enough to escape from his cage and releases an airborne-strain of the cure that advances the intelligence of his fellow apes. Caesar soon builds an army of enhanced apes in order to overthrow humanity and assert apes as Earth's dominant species.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes conquers theaters on August 5th!