War for the Planet of the Apes will be the final chapter of Caesar’s story and the Ape leader has encountered a number of colorful characters along his journey. One of the few human characters whom Caesar could trust was Jason Clarke’s Malcolm, who crossed paths with Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. While Malcolm will not be appearing in the third film, director Matt Reeves recently revealed the character’s fate during an interview with MTV News’ podcast Happy Sad Confused.
Reeves explained that an early draft of the script for War revealed that Malcolm met an unpleasant fate after meeting Woody Harrelson’s The Colonel:
“Yeah, they were, actually, specifically Jason’s character was, and it was a disturbing discovery. The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) had revealed some information about a man who’d come to him when he first got to the city and impressed upon him how important it was to find Caesar, and to tell him that he needed to create peace with this man. That this Ape was not just an Ape, but was a great leader, and he thought this guy was crazy. And now he (Colonel), in the scene with Caesar, says that he now sees what he meant, and Caesar says, ‘Well, what happened to him?’ And The Colonel said, ‘I killed him.’ Caesar is perplexed and asks why, and The Colonel says, ‘His ideas were very dangerous because the ideas were like a virus and they could spread to others, and right now this is a fight for humanity.’ So that’s what happened.”
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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.
Directed by Matt Reeves, the film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval & Terry Notary.
War for the Planet of the Apes will be released in theaters on July 14, 2017.
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