Watch 4 Minutes from Rise of the Planet of the Apes

With opening introduction by Andy Serkis himself, who plays Caesar in the upcoming sci-fi prequel/reboot from director Rupert Wyatt, and starring James Franco, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, Tyler Labine, Chelah Horsdal, and Leah Gibson. The film opens August 5, 2011.

Set in present-day San Francisco, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES reveals the origins of a war that ultimately led to a global apocalypse – and to Earth becoming the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is taking on its most ambitious challenge, creating for the first time a non-human CGI character that delivers a dramatic performance with real emotion and intelligence.

In the clip, after some kitchen time, Caesar comes to the aid of Charles Rodman (John Lithgow), James Franco’s father in the film, when he’s attacked by a crazed David Hewlett.

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