Trailer released for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis all set to star in reboot of the classic


The official trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes has been released, promising a serious remodelling of the popular sci-fi franchise.


The film, to be released 12 August 2011 in the UK, acts as a prequel to Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes and is directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist).

It sees James Franco star as scientist Will Rodman, who begins testing a potential cure for Alzheimer’s on a group of apes.

Andy Serkis takes on the role of Ceasar, an ape that begins to mutate as a result of the research and leads a revolt against the scientists.

Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton also star.

While Tim Burton’s version was a global financial success, it received mixed critical acclaim. The prequel makes use of new CGI technology to create a more realistic impression of the apes.

The re-working also draws on elements from the original Planet of the Apes films released in the 1960’s and 70’s, to create a brand new story and potential for future sequels.


Watch the trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes below: