Why Caesar Actor Andy Serkis Didn’t Return For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Written By Sedoso Feb

It’s not all bad news, though! Wes Ball’s statement about potentially bringing Andy Serkis back in “future movies” sure feels intriguing, but his presence will still be felt in “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.” Later in Empire’s big cover feature for the upcoming sequel, new leading star Owen Teague (who plays the ape Noa) explained that he had a very personal connection with his predecessor — in more ways than one:

“I became an actor because I saw Andy Serkis play King Kong when I was a child. I was so in love with that character, and I remember my mom explained to me, ‘That’s a person in motion-capture and that’s his performance.’ I thought, ‘Oh, I can do that!’ So when this came around, I was sure I wouldn’t get it because it was too good [to be true].”

The 25-year-old Teague would’ve been only seven years old when Serkis starred in Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” remake in 2006 (good Lord, time truly does come for us all), but clearly Serkis left a mark on the future actor.

While Serkis isn’t credited with any official role in the upcoming “Apes” movie, he did help pass on the torch by sharing his thoughts and advice to Teague for what undoubtedly was an intimidating and challenging role … even before factoring in the motion capture of it all. According to Teague, “I Zoomed with [Serkis] and he said, ‘How can I help?’ He gave me a lot of ape-related advice. He said, ‘You’re not impersonating an ape. You’re putting on a costume of that character.’ So it becomes a really internal process, as opposed to an imitation.”

“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” will monkey its way into theaters May 24, 2024.


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