Andy Serkis is set to reprise his role as Caesar in the sequel of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Deadline reported that Serkis has signed a seven-figure deal with 20th Century Fox to make his return as the lead ape in the follow-up movie.
The reported deal made the 47-year-old actor the first cast member to have signed on to the franchise. Offers for lead actor James Franco and his co-star Freida Pinto, meanwhile, will likely be made when the direction of the film is finalized.
Director Rupert Wyatt as well as screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have also been locked for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel". The project is currently still in the early stage and still hasn't got a release date.
In related news, a representative for Serkis confirmed that Fox is getting ready to wage an Oscar campaign for the actor's role in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". The studio will be giving the 47-year-old thesp a Best Supporting Actor push.
Serkis is currently working on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", reprising his role as Gollum. He has lent his voice to Captain Haddock in "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn", which will open in U.S. theaters on December 21.