Apes Evolution

The Evolution of Caesar

How Andy Serkis and VFX brought the King of the Apes to life

Caesar became the hero of the modern Apes trilogy in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but the character’s true origins were actually months prior, between VFX innovation, and an actor in a motion capture suit.

Before a speaking, evolving, true-to-life chimpanzee dazzled audiences on screen, Andy Serkis’ invigorating performance as the king of the apes, coupled with cutting-edge technology, created an all-new hero for an all-new generation of Planet of the Apes films. Watch the Evolution of Caesar below, and discover the VFX journey that brought this character to life.