While we’re looking forward to ‘War for the Planet of the Apes‘, one of the issues with the films is that you feel Caesar is likely safe due to how the original movies played out, however there is a plan to continue the franchise if he didn’t actually make it.  Interestingly enough they go pretty far into this rabbit hole for an offhand question so you have to wonder just how safe is Caesar is in this upcoming film in a recent panel.

This just came out at New York Comic-Con – Andy Serkis, writer-director Matt Reeves, and producer Dylan Clark all sat down for a group interview on the movie and the potential future for the series. First up, when asked about a non-Caesar lead in a future film Reeves immediately jumped in and said:

It’s all one universe and Caesar has a very important part in ape history. We think of him being the seminal figure in ape history like Moses but as the idea, that tapestry, extends outward, there are all kinds of new characters in this story that you could absolutely follow. It’s really about this trajectory that all of the apes are on, that all of the characters are on and have been very intentionally centered around Caesar, but the universe is meant to be larger than just him as well.

That surely does hint that other Apes could be brought to the forefront going forward especially as Caesar’s status has already been laid in the minds of Apekind and only seems that it will continue to be done so in this film so Serkis adds that:

The way that all of the characters are drawn is so complete and nuanced, the way that Woody Harrelson’s character, the way that Maurice evolves, or Rocket, all of their journeys, should you choose, you could follow the story from any point of view and it would make total emotional, psychological, and philosophical sense.

What about Serkis playing a character that isn’t the current star of the show either if they went another route or has Caesar die? He says that:

That would be an amazing thing to do. It would be an extraordinary thing to do. As Matt [Reeves] has always said, we know the outcome and it’s just how long you want to make from here to there to that outcome. There’s infinite possibilities of carrying on the mythic arc of their journey together.

While Reeves added that:

It would be really cool if, in the future, should that ever happen, if Andy wanted to come back and play anything he wanted.

While Clarke finalized that sentiment with:

We will let him play any character he likes.

While it is likely that Caesar will still be alive and kicking at the end of the ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and if fans head into the box office that another sequel will be made, there is an out for the character if they decide to switch things up going forward. Thanks to motion capture it would also mean that Serkis could easily take on a new part as well.

Are you looking forward to ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’? Do you think that this could be Caesar’s final battle? Share your thoughts below!


In ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar, and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Helmed by returning director Matt Reeves, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary. The movie will be in theaters on July 14, 2017.

Source: Screen Rant.

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