This story first appeared in the May 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It took nine months of meet-and-greets, script readings and screen tests, all conducted with more secrecy than a raid on the Death Star, for directorJ.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney to assemble the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII: John Boyega, 22; Adam Driver, 30; Domhnall Gleeson, 30; Oscar Isaac, 35; Daisy Ridley, 21; Andy Serkis, 50; and Max von Sydow, 85, who were unveiled April 29, will join original starsMark Hamill, 62, Carrie Fisher, 57, and Harrison Ford, 71. Abrams cast a wide net, with actors asked to read material that was not from the top secret script.
Viewers glued to their TV’s for Sunday night’s “Walking Dead” finale got an extra treat when a first look at those evil simians in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” aired. The 30-second spot offered proof that these super scary primates are a far cry from the almost humanoid-looking apes that Charlton Heston battled in the 1968 original. One thing is for sure, with their ring leader voiced by Gollum himself (Andy Serkis), the highly evolved head simian Ceasar is sure to be creepy as heck. With a cast that includes Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, and Jason Clarke, something chilling must be in store.
purpleapple317 : looking at this photograph of Andy Serkis “on location shooting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and his arm extensions, or whatever they are called, i wonder why couldn’t they give Benedict Cumberbatch a pair of mechanical wings so he could run around the room and flap those things like mad. The man would have been so manically happy!!!