Much of the praise given to this reboot of the iconic Planet of the Apes franchise is given to Andy Serkis’ monumental portrayal of Caesar the chimpanzee. Although every bit of praise is deserved, one of the other heroes that deserve love is the orangutan Maurice.
Maurice, who is played by Karin Konoval serves as a close friend to Caesar as well as his main advisor. Maurice’s presence in these films adds a much-needed lightness to a world destined to become a planet of apes.
Recently, Konoval spoke to PopCulture about how Maurice factors into the highly-anticipated sequel, War for the Planet of the Apes.
Within War, it definitely is Mankind’s last stand against the apes. So both of those leaders are doing their utmost to protect the survival of each of their species. The colonel for the humans, and Caesar for the apes. Within that, Maurice’s place within that remains as Caesar’s advisor and confidante. And as I say, his conscience to a certain extent because during this particular film it’s also a very epic journey for Caesar himself, a personal journey. And so, the way Maurice affects that and is present for that becomes a very significant part of that.
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Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval and Terry Notary, War for the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on July 14, 2017.
8 Reasons Matt Reeves Is The Perfect Director For ‘The Batman’
Batman is a special character and he deserves a special director. He’s had a few through his cinematic lifetime but the most recent addition to the pantheon of Batman directors is one that should excite any fan. Matt Reeves will take the helm of the Ben Affleck-led solo Batman film, tentatively titled The Batman, after Affleck himself vacated the chair to focus on his role.
Reeves made his directorial debut in 2008 on the viral-marketed hit Cloverfield, produced by his childhood friend and frequent colleague J.J. Abrams (which has now spawned an anthology franchise) and made a career hopping from beloved property to beloved property. He remade the hit foreign film Let the Right One In as Let Me In in 2010 and was briefly attached to direct The Twilight Zone film before taking the reins of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. He returned for the third film, War of the Planet of the Apes, which he is currently in post-production on for a July 14 release this summer.
Reeves is an established name, by dint of his relationships and resume, but he is nonetheless an inspired choice to shepherd one of pop culture’s most venerable characters. His movies are often very dramatic, even sensitive, in way that conveys emotional vulnerability, a powerful tool for maintaining audiences’ suspension of disbelief in the face of the fantastic or ridiculous. His habit of remaking or rebooting properties also makes him comfortable with how to balance the old with the new and, best of all, how to fuse both into something that is both highly personal and very accessible. For more reasons why Reeves is the perfect director for The Batman, click Next!