New image of Andy Serkis in his ape suit

2 January 2014

Monkeying around.

Here’s an interesting tidbit, found in the new issue of Empire magazine: actor and motion-capture specialist Andy Serkis in his ape suit.

Serkis pioneered the use of mo-cap - the process of copying an actor’s movements for CGI animators to overlay in post-production - with his performance as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He’s also appeared as King Kong, and Captain Haddock in The Adventures of TinTin.

This behind-the-scenes still is from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

That was film a prequel to the original 1968 film which kickstarted the longrunning franchise, and the genesis of how apes took over the world continues here.

The new film will star Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Judy Greer and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) will direct.

Here’s the synopsis we’ve been given:

“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.”

Dawn Of The Planet Of the Apes will be released in the UK on July 17th, 2014.

[Source: Empire]