"We've shot 60 days and we've got another 200 to go," Serkis said of the first 'Hobbit' film, which doesn't have an official presence at this year's convention since it's so early into production. "I've shot all of the Gollum scenes so far and now I'm directing the second unit for the next 200 days," was the only other thing he added.
Serkis, who also lent a soul to Peter Jackson's 'King Kong,' gives another motion-capture performance in 'Apes.' He plays intelligent ape, Caesar, who leads the uprising after being cruelly mistreated and imprisoned.
Lost's Damon Lindelof led the Q&A session, and was quick to quip that Caesar is "kind of the Che Guevara of the apes." After a clip in which Caesar frees the other apes, who then gather to confront cruel captor Brian Cox, Lindelof noted, "I have a feeling something terrible is about to happen to Brian Cox."
Also, probably doomed: Harry Potter's Tom Felton. Actually, the only human who might escape the apes' wrath is kindly scientist James Franco -- at least judging by the bond we saw between him, his Alzheimer's-afflicted father (John Lithgow) and Caesar in a clip before everything goes wrong.
Although the audience seemed lukewarm on 'Apes,' the fast-paced, enjoyable apocalyptic "sizzle reel" of the climactic final scenes elicited loud whoops and applause. Three words: Ape. Versus. Helicopter.