Serkis Signs On To ‘Rise Of The Apes’

ALTAndy Serkis, the man known for not playing human, has got his stinkin’ paws on a role in Rise Of The Apes. Serkis has been cast as Caesar, the lead chimp who leads a revolt against the humans, in the Planet Of The Apes prequel.

Rise Of The Apes will be set in the modern day and serve as an origin story for the primate franchise. The story follows a scientist (James Franco) whose genetic engineering accidentally creates an advanced race of apes.  Frieda Pinto and John Lithgow have also signed on for supporting roles.

Serkis is best known for his motion capture roles, such as Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings and the titular Kong in King Kong, in which his performance is digitally captured and generated into the film. Weta Workshop, the CGI wizards behind Serkis’ previous motion-capture performances, is also providing the visual effects for Apes. Let’s hope that they didn’t throw out Serkis’ golf-ball suit.

Rupert Wyatt, of The Escapist, is directing the 20th Century Fox production. Rise Of The Apes is due out in June, 2011.