It appears that motion capture icon, Andy Serkis will reprise his role as genetically-altered ape, Caesar in a sequel to this past summer's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The actor, who will also revive his signature role as Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next year, may have just received a huge bump in the entertainment business totem pole with what is reportedly a seven-figure deal to return as Caesar in the still-unnamed Apes prequel-sequel.
Could the once-unsung hero in some of the biggest blockbusters of all time finally get the recognition he deserves?
Also returning, will be director, Rupert Wyatt, screenwriters, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, as well as the last film's producers. Although, the same can't necessarily be said for stars, James Franco and Freida Pinto, as their characters' fates will depend on what comes up when the creative process begins. Given the way the last film ended, their presence in this sequel is far from essential.
However, the big story may be what seems to be the long-overdue coming out party for Andy Serkis as a bankable star. Besides the iconic performances he gave in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Gollum, or his action-filled, heart-wrenching role as King Kong in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, he's also in for more motion-cap exposure in December with The Adventures of Tintin.
The fact that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was essentially a prequel that no one wanted, made its $453 million worldwide box-office take to be one of the biggest stories of the summer. Now, it seems people are finally starting to notice that the man behind the scenes in the motion capture outfit may have played a significant part in that success.
As if that wasn't enough, Fox Studio will now actually campaign for an Oscar nod for Serkis' performance as Caesar this past summer.
Is the Age of Andy Serkis finally upon us?