Apes are running mad in this prequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise starring James Franco as a well-meaning scientist who inadvertently increases ape intelligence to “taking over the world” levels. Andy Serkis plays another CG character (after Gollum and King Kong) as the main ape who leads the rebellion.
Rise of the Planet of Apes will hit theaters on August 5 and also stars Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelowo.
Check out the trailer below as well as a live chat with the Oscar-winning digital effects team at WETA. And for even more to look at, check out the high-res concept art from /Film below as well.
We definitely didn’t hate the campy Tim Burton version from 2001, but this one looks scarier and will benefit heavily from what WETA can bring. We’re really rooting for this one.
Here is the live chat:
Here is the concept art. Click to see the high-res versions!