Over the past fifteen years, actor and director Andy Serkis has become synonymous with the innovative motion capture and performance capture technology that we frequently see in Hollywood blockbusters today. With roles in the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ’The Adventures of Tintin’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies, he has championed this burgeoning filmmaking process and taken it to new heights in front of and behind the camera. At this year’s New York Comic Con, Serkis was brought front and center at the Theater at Madison Square Garden for a panel that took a look at his entire career up until this point. 

However, iconic characters such as Gollum, Supreme Leader Snoke, and Ulysses Klaue took a back seat to Caesar, the primate protagonist of the latest set of ‘Apes’ movies, when the star unveiled the first trailer for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’. After that revelation, spoke with Serkis about what we just saw, the revolutionary technology used to bring it to life, and how it has evolved over the years. We also discussed the various ways that he prepares to bring these legendary characters to life, the difference between acting as a CGI character vs as himself, and what he is most excited for us to see next year when ‘War’ hits theaters. You can check out the whole interview below, followed by the official synopsis of the new movie:

In ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. 

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary hits theaters on July 14, 2017.

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