The cast from the latest installment in the thrilling new “Planet of the Apes” series, “War for the Planet of the Apes” stopped by Build Series NYC on Tuesday to discuss their new film. The panel consisted of cast members Andy Serkis, Steve Zahn, and Amiah Miller, as well as the writer and director of the film, Matt Reeves.
Matt Reeves opened the conversation by explaining how all three of the “Planet of the Apes” films are very different, but the common thread is that they follow Caesar, the ape protagonist of the series.
He explained that creating this chapter of the series, which is completely empathetic towards Caesar, was almost like creating a biblical epic. One major point that he wanted to get across is that this film is not simply about stunning visuals, but emotion as well.
He describes, “It’s about intimacy. The spectacle doesn’t matter if you’re not emotionally engaged. You are going to identify emotionally with apes…So, by watching this movie for two hours, you become these characters. And I think that’s an uncanny experience.”
Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar in the film, describes his unique experience with the cutting-edge motion capture technology used in the film.