The new Planet of the Apes prequel is coming this summer, but we haven't seen much of it yet — until today. In a fascinating online interview, effects masters Weta released some footage and concept art from the origins tale.
Joe Letteri (Senior VFX Supervisor at Weta Digital), Dan Lemmon (VFX Supervisor of Weta Digital) and the evil ape Caesar himself — Andy Serkis — talked about making Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Serkis addressed where he pulled his inspiration from for the ape Caesar, and how this character is vastly different from his previous primate role in Peter Jackson's King Kong:
Andy Serkis: He's an ape plus, which people will discover from the story, he inherits a certain intelligence. And I based him very much on a real life Chimpanzee or Humanzee as he was known, called Oliver from the 60s and 70s. Who underwent a lot of testing because people actually believed that he was half human and half Chimpanzee. There was something different about him, an otherness.
People say to me "What's the difference between Kong and Caesar?" And it's like saying, "What's different between playing Hamlet and Macbeth?" They go on totally different journeys. [Hamlet and Macbeth] both happen to be human beings, these two happen to be primates. One's a 25-foot kind of lonely, last of his species gorilla on an island, that is on the receiving end of sacrifices and makes a connection with an isolated human being. This is a kind of unknowing, very innocent child that's thrown into… he suddenly becomes aware that the world is not an easy place to live in. He has to make very strong choices to survive. Hugely different.
You can watch the entire interview here, and you should — it's fascinating. But for now, here's some of the creepiest concept art they showed off, plus a teaser featuring footage from the new trailer.
The full trailer will be released tomorrow.