War for the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters this summer, and fans are already excited to see Andy Serkis return as Caesar. Serkis is the greatest motion capture performer in the industry today, having been a pioneer in the technology since he portrayed Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Serkis has also portrayed King Kong in Jackson’s 2005 remake as well as Captain Archibald Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin and Supreme Leader Snoke in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
But it is his performance as Caesar in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series that has earned critical acclaim. So much so, that many believed that his performances were worthy of awards consideration.
Serkis recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the film. He then teased the conflict between Woody Harrelson’s character and the apes:
The Colonel comes across as someone who’s psychotic. But he is fighting for the survival of humanity, as Caesar is fighting for the apes.
Director Matt Reeves spoke about how this motivates Caesar in the film:
It finally cracks Caesar. It sets him on a revenge mission. The movie goes from being this grand war movie to an almost Josey Wales-like Western.
The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, 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 on July 14, 2017.
2017 Summer Movie Preview: What To Look Out For
What do aliens, robots, superheroes, pirates, genetically-modified apes, and Will Ferrell all have in common? All of them will be visiting theaters this summer, most as perennials of the blockbusters sphere. There’s a cavalcade of riches this summer, with new offerings from both DC and Marvel, new (and in some cases, final) installments in long-running franchises, and a couple newcomers testing the waters for future sequels. Even some non-theatrical films get in on the fun, like Netflix’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt.
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