20th Century Fox have released the first TV spot for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It’s light on the action, but it does contain bits of new footage including a scuffle between James Franco and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter). It also looks like WETA are well on their way to completing the visuals, as we’re now getting even closer close-ups of the apes (think eyeballs).
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an origins story set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. One hyper-intelligent chimp called Caesar (motion captured by Andy Serkis) incites a worldwide ape revolution and causes the downfall of humankind.
James Franco plays 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. The movie also stars John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis as Caesar, and will be released August 5, 2011.