The genetically enhanced apes are back to the big screen once again to dominate the audiences and get glowing reviews from critics. War for the Planet of the Apes is the third movie in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series. Before its release in theaters on 14th July, read these War for the Planet of the Apes facts that will prep you on everything you need to know.
The Only Recurring Cast are the Apes
The reboot series has starred many honorable actors like James Franco, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, and Gary Oldman, but none of them got to come back for a second appearance in another Planet of the Apes movie. The only actors who are recurring are the ones behind the scenes playing Apes – Andy Serkis as the leader Caesar, Terry Notary as Caesar's ally, Rocket, and Karin Konoval as Maurice, the third-in-command.
It all started with a book
Many will be surprised to know that Planet of the Apes started as a book adaptation. The first Planet of the Apes movie was based on a French science-fiction novel by Pierre Boulle. While there are differences between the book and the 1968 movie which went on to give rise to a franchise spanning books, television shows, and even the hugely successful prequel reboot series popular today, the Planet of the Apes universe owes its existence to a book.
References to the Original
War for the Planet of the Apes has the character of a little girl Nova, which is also the name of a mute human girl played by Linda Harrison the original Planet of the Apes. The new Nova, played by Amiah Miller, might also be a mute character although they are not the same character as the original series takes place more than a thousand years later in the future, when the humans have already fallen to the apes.
Not the first attempt at reboot
2011 wasn't the first time Planet of the Apes franchise was rebooted to the big screen in the 21st century. Tim Burton also attempted to reboot the Planet of the Apes franchise with a movie in 2001 starring Mark Wahlberg, but it wasn't met with much positive reaction. Ten years later, however, the franchise got a successful start with a prequel series starting with Rise of the Planet of the Apes under director Rupert Wyatt.
Use of Motion-Capture
Motion-capture is one of the most important components of War for the Planet of the Apes, which sets it apart from its former versions that had animated figures or make-up to show the apes. With motion-capture, not only do the apes look like the actors, the emotions are conveyed as well as any acting done without any effects. Andy Serkis also happens to be well-versed in acting through motion-capture, having played Gollum the same way in Lord of the Rings series.
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