Actor Andy Serkis has promised his adaptation of Animal Farm will use techniques never before seen in the film industry.

The Lord Of The Rings star will make his directorial debut with the adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel about a group of farm animals who revolt against their owner and start their own community.

Serkis has now revealed the pioneering methods he is using to portray the talking animals in his movie, telling Screen Daily, "What we're trying to do is fairly unique. It's going to be entirely performance-captured, so rather than photographing real animals and showing them with talking mouths, it will all be generated by the interaction between the actors playing those roles... the physicality and facial expressions of all the animals will come directly from actors' performances."