Andy Serkis (“The Lord of the Rings”, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”) will play Caesar in 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The announcement was made via a tweet from Fox VP of Corporate Communications, Chris Petrikin:
This is cool: Gollum reteams with Weta. Andy Serkis to star as Caesar in “Rise of the Apes,” portraying chimp who leads the simian revolt.
Here’s what we know about the project, which has been slated for release on June 24, 2011:
RISE OF THE APES (tentative title) is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.