Okay, maybe you think this isn’t news. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a prequel/reboot to a story we already know. Still, leading ape motion capture actor Andy Serkis got pretty specific at Comic-Con about exactly how Cesar gains intelligence and leads the apes to revolt. It’s not what we saw in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
“His journey covers this incredible path of being a very innocent young child,” Serkis said. “We talked about gifted children playing concertos at the age of four or being brilliant at math but are unaware of that kind of intelligence. It’s just natural to them. Cesar believes himself to be of that species.”
James Franco plays the scientist whose Alzheimer’s research creates Cesar’s enhanced intelligence. “Will (Franco) is a father figure,” Serkis continued. “He reaches a moment of self-awareness. He’s led a very sheltered existence. He confronts himself and realizes he’s a freak, a freak of nature. At that point it coincides with being taken away from his family and thrown to a prison, a hardcore prison, a sanctuary with other apes, his own species who he does not recognize.”
Got that so far? Sounds like act two, when Cesar realizes he’s not like the nice human scientists. We know where this is going. “He manages to bring these apes together and find a common ground and lead them to revolution. It was a challenge of getting inside the mind of a creature. Because of the look of the character – Caesar looks like a chimpanzee – we had to discover when he becomes more humanlike and when he becomes more primeval.”
Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens August 5.