Andy Serkis, who is no stranger to WETA’s motion capture technology having played Gollum and King Kong for Peter Jackson, will be suiting up once again to play Caesar in Rise of the Apes according to 20th Century Fox.
Caesar is a hyper-intelligent chimp raised by humans who incites a worldwide ape revolution and causes the downfall of humankind.
Serkis probably had his summer booked for The Hobbit but as that won’t be happening until at least the end of the year he had a gap in his schedule for some monkey business. James Franco will be playing a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes, with Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto playing a primatologist.
Rise of the Apes will begin filming next month under the direction of Rupert Wyatt and has a release date set for June 2011.