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Published on Aug 4, 2011
Watch how they accomplish the CGI Apes for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist, currently residing in San Francisco, who is working on a cure for Alzheimer's Disease by performing tests on apes. The first test subject is a chimpanzee, named Caesar (Andy Serkis), whose parents had been captured in Africa. Rodman's "cure" not only repairs brain cells as they expected to, but it genetically modifies Caesar's way of thinking to create a new breed of ape with human-like intelligence. Caesar learns unbelievably well, but human authority orders him to be locked up. However, he eventually proves to be smart enough to escape from his cage and releases an airborne-strain of the cure that advances the intelligence of his fellow apes. Caesar soon builds an army of enhanced apes in order to overthrow humanity and assert apes as Earth's dominant species.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (originally titled Caesar and Rise of the Apes) is an upcoming 2011 American science fiction film. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt. It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series that will act as a foundation with an origin story for a new film series. Its premise is similar to the fourth film in the original series Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), but it is not a direct remake in that it does not fit into that series' continuity. It is slated for release in the United States and Canada on August 5, 2011.
James Franco as Will Rodman Freida Pinto as Caroline Aranha Andy Serkis as Caesar John Lithgow as Charles Rodman Chelah Horsdal as Irena Brian Cox as John Landon Tom Felton as Dodge Landon David Oyelowo as Steven Jacobs Tyler Labine as Robert Franklin David Hewlett as Hunsiker Jamie Harris as Rodney
Franco was cast after talks with Tobey Maguire broke down. Freida Pinto and John Lithgow joined the cast on June 22, 2010. Tom Felton will also star as the human character Dodge Landon. As of July 12, 2010, Brian Cox was in final negotiations to join the cast. According to his Twitter page, David Hewlett has also joined the cast, though he had not mentioned what his role in the film would be at that time. Canadian actress Chelah Horsdal will also star as Irena.