Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
We just saw a new commercial for Rise of the Planet of the Apes that had a lot of new footage, but that 60-second piece was pulled from YouTube fairly quick. Now there is a UK trailer that has a lot of the same footage, and more. Beware: you’ll walk away from this feeling like you’ve seen way too much of the movie. Check it out after the break, if that isn’t a problem.
Good to see James Franco‘s “We call it the cure” line expanded into something decidedly less cheesy. (Compare with the last US trailer.) This looks about as didactic and light-handed as a PETA ad, but goddamn if the WETA work on Caesar doesn’t look incredible. That’s reason enough to see this, as far as I’m concerned. And I expect seeing Tom Felton get his comeuppance will be a good time, too.
Official Plot Synopsis:
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
James Franco plays “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” John Lithgow plays Franco’s father, also a scientist, Freida Pinto plays a primatologist who helps Franco, Brian Cox plays “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there,” Tom Felton is the son of Brian Cox’s character, and through performance capture and WETA created visual effects, Andy Serkis plays Caesar, the chimp who leads the simian revolt. The screenplay is written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on August 5th 2011.