Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Things are not looking good for mankind on the latest Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster. While there’s not a single human character in sight, there are apes. Lots of them. And Caesar (Andy Serkis) is in front of them all, charging ahead on a horse while waving a gun over his head. Check it out after the jump.
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There’s a new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, from Japan, and it has some new footage. Not a lot, but enough. The film looks like one of the more promising events of the summer, not only because it follows on the unexpectedly good Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but because the cast and story we’ve seen so far from this sequel seem to be pushing in just the right direction. So we’ll take any new look we can get. Check out the footage below. Read More »
Last month, 20th Century Fox screened five scenes from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. While I was very impressed with the footage, I was blown away by the performance capture I saw in the 20 minutes previewed — it was the best performance capture performances I had seen to date.
On top of that, Andy Serkis was on hand to introduce a brief video showcasing the live-action human actors filming the performance capture for the Ape roles side by side split screen with the computer animated finished footage of the Apes. I cant tell you how impressive this brief clip was on the big screen — it brought me back to the days of movie magic specials from my childhood.
20th Century Fox has now released the clip online for all of you to see. Watch the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Performance Capture comparison clip embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
At long last, Fox has revealed the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer. This one lays out a lot of the plot from the apes’ perspective, showing us what they’ve been up to for the past four years and why they’re coming back into conflicts with the humans now.
Andy Serkis returns as Caesar, leader of the apes, while Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Gary Oldman play some of the humans who cross paths with them. Hit the jump to watch the video.
UPDATE: We’ve also added an international trailer.
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The downside of being one of the actors recently revealed as a Star Wars Episode VII cast member is 20 months of repetition. While we’ll surely learn more about the film and each actor’s part in it leading up to the December 18, 2015 release, until then every one will be asked innumerable questions about the film. A few have already started answering, while others preemptively got the jump on the questions. Below, read the thoughts from new additions Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, John Boyega and returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Most actors would be lucky to work on one of the biggest releases in a given year. Andy Serkis will be involved with two in 2015. Mark Ruffalo has revealed that Serkis is helping him on Avengers: Age of Ultron, before Serkis heads over to do Star Wars Episode VII. Hit the jump for more details.
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By Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer, Angie Han and Germain Lussier
The announcement of the full cast for Star Wars Episode VII sent a ripple of excitement through the movie world. Not only because the official announcement ends of months of speculation, but because this cast is excellent. The lineup Abrams has chosen for Episode VII is one we’d be excited to see in any film, so it’s a good first move for Star Wars.
While we know little about the relative newcomer Daisy Ridley, who plays the female lead, the rest of the new cast is a collection of great talent drawn from a variety of acting backgrounds: John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson.
That’s a great group of guys. The pleasure of that roster is diminished only by wondering how there can’t be any room for more than one major new female role. The classic Star Wars status quo (one woman, and a bunch of dudes) is almost a running joke at this point, and we hoped that Abrams might have broken that barrier as he cast the new film. An offset, however, is that Daisy Ridley could have a particularly important role. If she ends up being one of the true leads of the series, that would change things just a bit. And while this cast remains predominantly white, John Boyega held point position in the official announcement, giving rise to the assumption that he’s the lead. Boyega, born in London to Nigerian parents, is not the typical face of Star Wars. If he’s the lead, that’s a significant step in a new direction for the series.
Below, read up on the backgrounds of each of the new additions to the Star Wars universe, along with speculation and what actual data we have about the roles for each cast member.
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Finally, it’s official. Here’s the release.
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
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