The newest Planet of the Apes franchise has delivered on almost every level imagineable. The funny thing is too, I don’t think anyone really expected to care about them before the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. Most of the trailers had been underwhelming for the most part, and the title just seemed kinda lame. Then the movie came out and proved everyone wrong. It was a calculated, well-paced science-fiction film featuring an Oscar-worthy motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis as the lead Ape – Caesar.
Then the movie’s follow-up, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came out last summer and might just have been the best summer blockbuster of the season, with some of the most emotional and gorgeous action sequences of 2014 taking place within that film (seriously though, who else remembers that 360 tank shot?). This time around too, it featured not only an incredible performance from Andy Serkis again, but also from relative newcomer Toby Kebbell as the movie’s lead ape villain, Koba.
Going into 2017’s War of the Planet of the Apes too, the film has a lot of expectations riding on it as it endeavors to tell what might end up being the last of Caesar’s story in the films, with the timelines growing ever closer to the original Planet of the Apes movie from decades ago. Director Matt Reeves is set to return at the helm following his magnificent work on Dawn, but other than that, not all that much is really known about the movie at this point.
According to a new report from THR though, actor Steve Zahn has reportedly been cast in the film as a new Ape in the story. Zahn’s performance will be done through motion-capture technologies like all of the movies’ other ape characters, although not much else is known about his character as of yet. He joins fellow newcomer Woody Harrelson as well in the latest installment, with the latter set to play a new human villain in the film known as the Colonel. Screenwriter Mark Bomback will also return for the project, with Chernin Entertainment producing.
Like I said above, War of the Planet of the Apes will have some mighty high expectations from fans and critics going into the theatre for the first time in 2017. Serkis and the creative team have helped to turn Caesar into a modern day Shakespearean character onscreen, and it’ll be interesting to see how Reeves and co. are planning on continuing Caesar’s story into the next film. Now, we’ll just have to hold out hope that War of the Planet of the Apes closes out what could end up being one of the best contemporary film trilogies.
War of the Planet of the Apes is set to hit theatres on July 14th, 2017.
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