War for the Planet of the Apes is going to be dark. Very dark. Or at least as dark as PG-13 will allow you to get.
It’s a major change for how actor Andy Serkis is portraying the hero, Caesar, who has grown quite a bit not just since the original Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, but also its sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. Not only will Caesar fully adopt the ability to speak, but Serkis told Collider Caesar is on a journey to discover his own soul.
“He’s there now living in a situation where both apes and humans are at war. There’s a sense that this is the crux, this is the climactic moment where both species are under huge threat, and it’s pretty apocalyptic.
“They’ve weathered … both sides are worn out. Caesar’s side had to leave their encampment in the woods and move up higher in the hills and set up a temporary base. You’ll remember Caesar as a character – on the of the main characteristics, having been brought up with human beings, was to be empathetic to both sides. But an event happens at the beginning of this movie that sets him off on a track that almost eats him up.”
Yet Caesar has a new adversary in War, a man we know only as “Colonel” played by Hunger Game’s Woody Harrelson. Caesar believes Colonel is the main reason why there is a war between the apes and the humans, and his hope is that if he eliminates their leader, the human violence will end.
“Caesar claws his way back from this very dark place through reconnecting with his tribe who have been holed up and taken prisoner. So by the end, he’s able to redeem himself and to lead the exodus of the apes to freedom once more.
“It’s a fantastic journey.”
War for the Planet of the Apes opens July 14. To see the first teaser trailer from the film, just click right here.
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