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Serkis to direct Animal Farm
Andy Serkis. Picture: Tim Whitby/Getty Images for BFI.

The Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis is set to make his directorial debut with a big screen adaption of George Orwell's classic novel ANIMAL FARM.

Serkis, who plays Gollum in the popular fantasy series, will step behind the camera for the project, about a group of animals rising up against their human owners.

The British actor, who has had other motion-capture performances in 2005's King Kong remake and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is considering once again embracing technology to bring the movie's farmyard creatures to life.

"We are in proof-of-concept stage at the moment, designing characters and experimenting on our stage with the designs," he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

"It is quite a wide canvas as to how much... we will be using facial (capture). We are not discounting the use... of puppeteering parts of animals. We are in an experimental phase; it's terribly exciting."