Earlier today, WETA held a special online presentation for this summer's prequel/reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where they showed off some of the concept art from the movie. You can check out some of these images, which depict an ape uprising and take-over, in the photos below.

Apes on the bridge Concept art from Rise of the Planet of the ApesWe followed up by asking the actor if he felt that the Alzheimer's issue helped him ground his character in a certain reality for this sci-fi film and if he felt that it was an important aspect to the movie working on some level. Yeah, I mean, it's certainly the choice that they made. Like I actually haven't seen all of the Apes movies, I saw the first one a long time ago and then I watched it again and I watched a documentary about the making of all of them. I guess back in the day they spent a ton of money, at the time, what was a ton of money on makeup and effects. Now I assume the original Apes movie has kind of a cult appeal but you look at the mask and you say, I can't believe they are having serious philosophical conversations and they're wearing those crazy masks, but it's interesting on that level, the idea of apes talking has moved forward, {44} said. We have a different concept of that now of what is real. So not only have the way that they depicted apes changed and become much more realistic, but the storyline tries to be grounded in a more realistic world where it's at least conceivable that this could happen.
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Concept art from Rise of the Planet of the ApesThere's a moral dilemma, {32} continued. The research I did was with a lot of the scientists that do animal research. One man in particular who I watched being interviewed was asked the question, how do you feel about the testing of animals? He said, I hate it, I don't sleep at night, but this is what I do so you tell me the alternative. I think for our lead that is something that comes up concerning his relationship and also his relationship with Caesar, the director explained. How that affects their relationship and the realization of what he does. It all kind of interweaves into our story but we've not retaken a stand on it because I don't think that's the intention. It's a story of man against animal. That is our starting point, our springboard for this film. The world around him is very much our world. If one happens to see an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that's not a coincidence. It's very much, where are we going as a civilization? If our civilization were to end, what would take over? This story is all about setting that up.
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