'War of the Planet of the Apes' Debuts Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Also: the best ape imitation could land one a role in 2017's follow-up to 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.'
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

The conflict between humanity and primates is going to get more intense in War for the Planet of the Apes, judging from behind-the-scenes footage released as part of a new contest inviting fans to get their ape on for a chance to appear in the upcoming movie.

The clip begins with military forces moving into the California Redwoods where the apes made their home in 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The troops then begin shooting at unseen (and, presumably, soon-to-be-added by CGI) apes attacking from above.

Matt Reeves and star Andy Serkis — in the motion-capture outfit that he wears to perform the lead role of Caesar in the series — then introduce the contest, (which has a central online hub) asking fans of the Apes series to upload video of themselves doing, as Serkis describes it, their "most lifelike ape imitation" for a chance to be flown to the set, put into a mo-cap suit and film a performance for the movie.

War for the Planet of the Apes, which features Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn and Judy Greer, continues the sequence of movies launched with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Co-written by Reeves and Mark Bomback, the movie will be produced by Chernin Entertainment and Dylan Clark.

Currently shooting in Vancouver, British Columbia, War for the Planet of the Apes is scheduled for release Juy 14, 2017.