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You maniacs! War of the Planet of the Apes casts first human lead

08.24.2015
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The PLANET OF THE APES franchise is one of my favourite sci-fi franchises of all time, so the great commercial and critical success of this new reboot/prequel series has enjoyed thrills me to no end. Anchored by an astounding mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, both RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES proved that this almost fifty year old franchise was not only still relevant, but that it also still had something important to say.

The third film in the rebooted series, WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, hasn't done away with humans altogether yet as Deadline reports that Gabriel Chavarria (East Los High, Aquarius) has signed on as one of the two human leads of WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Nothing is known about his character at this time but let's be honest, we all know that the apes are the real stars. Chavarria is primarily known for his work on TV, so WAR will most likely serve as the general public's introduction to the young actor. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES director Matt Reeves had previously teased the epic almost biblical nature the third film may take:

It’s going to be an epic story. I think you’ve probably read that I sort of described it where in the first film was very much about his rise from humble beginnings to being a revolutionary. The second movie was about having to rise to the challenge of being a great leader in the most difficult of times. This is going to be the story that is going to cement his status as a seminal figure in ape history, and sort of leads to an almost biblical status. He is going to become like a mythic ape figure, like Moses.

Reeves will return to direct WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, which is aiming for an October start date in Vancouver and will be released on July 14, 2017.

Extra Tidbit: Rank all of the Planet of the Apes films in the comments below.
Source: Deadline

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9:03AM on 08/25/2015
Can't wait!
Can't wait!
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8:34AM on 08/25/2015
AMPAS needs to give Andy Serkis a special Oscar for his motion-capture work. He has delivered so many stellar performances - Gollum, Caesar, King Kong, Captain Haddock, etc. - and blazed a trail for so many other actors. He truly deserves some form of recognition.
AMPAS needs to give Andy Serkis a special Oscar for his motion-capture work. He has delivered so many stellar performances - Gollum, Caesar, King Kong, Captain Haddock, etc. - and blazed a trail for so many other actors. He truly deserves some form of recognition.
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8:33AM on 08/25/2015
Bring back James Franco.
Bring back James Franco.
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11:12AM on 08/25/2015
Agreed! But his character is dead...
Agreed! But his character is dead...
7:52AM on 08/25/2015
I loved the original series as a kid, and I'm thrilled that this new series is doing so well. Hopefully this new one will be what I assumed Battle for the Planet of the Apes was going to be. Judging by Dawn, it'll surpass those expectations at light speed.
I loved the original series as a kid, and I'm thrilled that this new series is doing so well. Hopefully this new one will be what I assumed Battle for the Planet of the Apes was going to be. Judging by Dawn, it'll surpass those expectations at light speed.
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7:37AM on 08/25/2015

But...

I miss Koba :(
I miss Koba :(
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10:32PM on 08/24/2015

This is a great franchise

In order from best to worst:

1. Planet of the Apes 1968
2. Escape from Planet of the Apes
3. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5. Beneath the Planet of the Apes
6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
7. Planet of the Apes animated TV Series
8. Return to the Planet of the Apes live action TV series
9. Battle for the Planet of the Apes
10. Tim Burton Remake
In order from best to worst:

1. Planet of the Apes 1968
2. Escape from Planet of the Apes
3. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5. Beneath the Planet of the Apes
6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
7. Planet of the Apes animated TV Series
8. Return to the Planet of the Apes live action TV series
9. Battle for the Planet of the Apes
10. Tim Burton Remake
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