Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Watch the WETA Apes Revealed Livestream April 13th at 2:30PM PT/5:30PM ET

Okay, Planet of the Apes fans! We're just a short time away from today's WETA Apes Revealed Livestream, which is taking place TODAY, APRIL 13, at 2:30PM PT/5:30PM ET; and we've got your hook-up to see all the action right here!

Some details: From WETA’s headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand, WETA’s Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon will give viewers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at their work on the upcoming film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reality-based cautionary tale that blends science fiction and science fact – and is the last big event movie of the summer.

The event will stream live on Facebook’s official fan page for Avatar, which has 14.8 million followers. WETA’s work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes presented very different challenges and opportunities. In addition to creating a CG character that gives a performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, WETA is applying some of the technology it developed for Avatar to bring to life a real world – the film is set in modern-day San Francisco – and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.

Letteri, a five-time Oscar® winner, and Lemmon will provide a look into WETA’s process and explain how working on a Planet of the Apes film has long been the “holy grail” of visual effects wizardry – and a driving force behind their own careers. In addition, visitors to the livestream event will hear from other Rise of the Planet of the Apes filmmakers, including director Rupert Wyatt, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of actor Andy Serkis, whose nuanced performance is playing a key role in WETA’s rendering of Caesar, the film’s principal ape character.

In the film’s story, a single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis as Caesar. Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing for Chernin Entertainment under its pact with Fox. Rupert Wyatt is directing from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who are also producing.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters everywhere August 5, 2011.

Below is a five-second preview of WETA's work on the film and underneath that is the livestream. Be sure to be here at 2:30PM PT/5:30PM ET for the whole event!

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WETA Reveals Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Caesar

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