Some photos of location shooting in San Fransisco for the upcoming Planet Of The Apes reboot, Rise Of The Apes has surfaced. They’re nothing terribly spoilerish. They are pictures of actor Andy Serkis and a stunt double in motion capture suit and the actual computer-generated ape characters will be based on their on-set performance. Serkis is an old hand at this kind of acting having performed Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Kong in Jackson’s King Kong remake.
The first two photos are Serkis’ stunt double working on a shot where his character Caesar is crossing a street. Is that a circus truck in the background of the first shot?
The third photo briefly popped up on line a few weeks back before Twentieth Century Fox sent out a flurry of take down notices. We’ll see how long this one lasts. It shows Serkis (Note the mini-cam rig on his head used to capture his facial performance) with James Franco and Frieda Pinto, who play scientists that helped develop the strain of intelligence apes that will one day usurp the rule of the planet from men.
Rise Of The Apes will be in theaters on June 24, 2011.