After the larger than expected box-office and critical success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, fans have waited eagerly for the upcoming sequel, War for the Planet of the Apes. A few days ago, director Matt Reeves went to Twitter to give us the official logo for the project, and teased a special announcement to be made during the following Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.
Production for War of the Planet of the Apes has already begun - and now we have the special announcement that Matt Reeves teased, which will allow a lucky fan to become part of the next Planet of the Apes installment.
20th Century Fox has now revealed the announcement, which you can watch above, inviting you to send in a video with your best ape impression. Doing so enters you for a chance to visit the set, put on a motion capture suit, and be in a scene as one of Caesar's fellow apes. All you have to do is send in a video to ApesContest.com with your "most life-like ape imitation," and you could be selected to join the production. The contest ends on November 30th, so you had better get the camera out and start making ape faces in the mirror.
In the video are director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and star Andy Serkis. Serkis is the visionary behind modern motion-capture, and the actor behind Caesar (who is the protagonist ape in the Planet of the Apes reboot series), as well as such mo-cap character as Gollum from the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong from Peter Jackson's 2005 remake; he will also play the mo-cap villain Supreme Leader Snoke in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
It has been reported that Steve Zahn (Sahara, Dallas Buyers Club) will be playing a new ape in War for the Planet of the Apes. He has joined a cast that will include Judy Greer (returning as Cornelia from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Woody Harrelson, who is reportedly going to play the human antagonist in this Planet of the Apes installment.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened the doors for a massive war between the apes and what's left of humanity. Based on the few shots in this announcement, it looks like that war will hit with full force once this new film gets underway. It will be interesting to see how Caesar, who didn't want war in the first place, will cope with the hostilities between ape and man; not to mention, what effects time has had on the character, since last we saw him onscreen.
War for the Planet of the Apes hits U.S. theaters on July 14th, 2017.
Source: 20th Century Fox