While I was fast asleep, this awesome new trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released by Apple and it completely builds on the five seconds of footage that we saw a couple of days ago to show us once again how amazing the guys at WETA digital effects house are.Last night, WETA also hosted a presentation which gave us an introduction into the apes and what we might expect. If you missed it, that footage is now on loop here.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Rupert Wyatt and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis. It’ll be with us here in the UK 12th August.

An origin story in the true sense of the word, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is set in present day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale — a science fiction/science-fact blend where mankind’s hubris leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Oscar(R)-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for “Avatar” – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.