Andy Serkis on working with Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' 'incredible' cast via Zoom

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9 May 2024, 10:51

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Andy Serkis has opened up about how he coached Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ cast via Zoom ahead of when they began working on the film.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes picks up the action several generations on from the events of the former trilogy, but Serkis’ Caesar’s influence is still felt by those living in both ape and human society. 

In the film, Owen Teague stars as Noa, a sympathetic ape who joins forces with the human Mae (Freya Allan) against the vicious ape leader Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand).

Speaking with and other press at a UK special event celebrating the latest addition to the Planet of the Apes franchise, the famed motion capture actor revealed how he remained involved in the franchise despite the fact he’s doesn't have an acting role in this film.

“My involvement was right at the very beginning,” the actor explained. “Over the course of maybe three or four weeks [I was] working with [the cast] on physicality, talking character and how that would come through their physicality, talking about voice and how that would have evolved, and how [the apes] might speak being from different clans.”

Despite the importance of attention to detail in motion capture, the Lord of the Rings actor did all this coaching over Zoom as he wasn't on set with the production in Australia. “A lot of the consulting I was doing was working with them in their suits on the other side of the world via Zoom!” Serkis said.

However, the actor revealed this actually had surprising benefits. “It’s interesting when you’re consulting like that…you can really break it down, having a slight distance from it,” he shared. “So it was really extraordinary.”

Praising the whole Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes cast, Serkis called the new stars “incredible” while sharing his joy at being able to continue to play a part in the franchise.

“I'm just very happy to be part of the franchise and continuing to be part of the franchise by by being here as a consultant and working with such an incredible cast,” the actor shared.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is in cinemas now.