Empire Magazine has revealed a new image of Caesar in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes.
After the of success Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which grossed $710 million at the global box office, the studio brought director Matt Reeves brought back to helm the conclusion of Caesar’s journey, which finds the apes left without a choice to fight when a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leads humanity into a war to take back the Earth.
In the latest issue of the magazine, Reeves dived into the films that inspired the script which he co-wrote with Mark Bomback and explained what they were going for with the apes sequel:
“I wanted this film to be like a Biblical epic. Mark and I looked at classic war movies: The Bridge On The River Kwai, Patton, Apocalypse Now. But we were also thinking in terms of things such as The Ten Commandments. I wanted it to feel very intimate in the foreground, but with grand vistas always dwarfing [the characters]. In a sense it’s about these two species pitted against each other and nature being greater than both of them. I wanted a David Lean ape movie.”
Reeves has previously gone on record to liken the relationship between Caesar and the vicious Colonel to Alec Guinness and the prison camp Colonel played by Sessue Hayakawain in Bridge on the River Kwai, which finds the two men in conflict with one another ultimately come to respect each other. In terms of the Biblical influences, Reeves has also stated that the trilogy is essentially about Caesar’s mythic ascension.
You can check out the new image of Caesar below.
The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, Ty Olson, and Alessandro Juliani. Here’s the official synopsis:
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 14, 2017.
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