The film, Andy Serkis' directorial debut, will open the London Film Festival later this year


Motion capture maestro Andy Serkis is stepping over to the other side of the camera for his next film.

The first trailer for the War for the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star’s directorial debut, Breathe, was released Thursday morning, showing an inspiring period drama featuring Andrew Garfield and The Crown star Claire Foy.

Based on a true story, Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Foy play Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous young couple whose lives are upended when Robin is paralyzed by polio at 28 years old. Confined to a hospital bed and given just months to live, the pair defy the odds and bring him home in hopes of living a long, fulfilling life.

The film — written by two-time Oscar nominee William Nicholson and produced by Robin and Diana’s son, Jonathan Cavendish — has been selected to open the London Film Festival later this year.

“On behalf of the cast and crew of Breathe, we are absolutely thrilled and deeply honored to be the Opening Gala performance in this year’s incredibly richly diverse and world-class BFI London Film Festival,” Serkis said in a statement. “Breathe is a deeply personal story to all of us at The Imaginarium and to have the European premiere of my directorial debut in London, my hometown, is beyond my wildest dreams.”

The London Film Festival runs from Oct. 4-15. Breathe opens in select theaters on Oct. 13.