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BIG BUDGET: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES With Motion-Captured Andy Serkis & Steve Zahn And Live-Action Woody Harrelson Starts Filming This Week in Metro Vancouver

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War between Apes and Humans. The rebooted billion-dollar-plus Planet of the Apes franchise — starring motion-captured Andy Serkis as Caesar– starts filming its third installment War for the Planet of the Apes this week in Vancouver, with Woody Harrelson as the Colonel and Steve Zahn as a new ape. Production code: Hidden Fortress.

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We first met Caesar as a genetically-enhanced baby chimp living in San Francisco with humans until he is captured and placed in a primate shelter where he leads an ape uprising in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Ten years later in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, talking chimpanzee Caesar has his own family and is the established leader of an Apes colony in a world where humanity has been virtually wiped out by a simian plague. An unexpected incursion by human survivors leads to civil war among the Apes with Caesar prevailing as King of Apes. Dawn_of_the_Planet_of_the_Apes 2 War for the Planet of the Apes is set some time later during a “bloody war” between Apes and Humans with Caesar as an “Ape Moses” of mythic status battling humans led by bad guy, the Colonel.  Another human will be played by Gabriel Chavarria. And Steve Zahn will be a new motion-captured ape. Director Matt Reeves co-wrote War for the Planet of the Apes along with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writer Mark Bomback. Not much is known about the plot, but War For The Planet of the Apes has constructed massive sets in Richmond on Triangle Road.

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The last  film in the rebooted franchise — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — grossed US$700 million worldwide, so there are high hopes for War for the Planet of the Apes. It will be shot mainly on location for four months from October 14th to early March next year.

Related: War For The Planet Apes Confirmed for Vancouver This Fall.


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