While 20th Century Fox’s return to the classic Planet of the Apes well this summer may star James Franco, to us it will always be David Hewlett’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That’s because the former Stargate Atlantis co-star has a part in the film.
This week the studio released the first official trailer for the movie, which also stars Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) as Caesar — and co-stars the magic of Weta Digital’s visual effects. Watch the trailer (Hewlett-free, unfortunately) below.
“It was unbelievable,” Hewlett told TV Squad in a recent interview. “I have what I think is a really interesting part. I really hope that it sticks to the script. A film of that size has to go through so many people, but Rupert Wyatt, the director, is amazing. It’s just so great to see an indie film director who is all about the acting and the characters directing a movie that you’d think is just a giant special effects spectacle thing.
“If they stick to the script that I read and that we shot, I think it’ll be fantastic. It’s an action movie with a heart and a soul, and I so miss that these days.”
Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on August 5.