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Tom Cruise Wants To Play An Ape Role in the Planet of the Apes Series

By Dante Noe Raquel II , Dec 09, 2016 10:12 PM EST
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Celebrated motion-capture actor Andy Serkis is the true star of the cited Planet of the Apes movie franchise, having now pictured the ape revolutionary Caesar in both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis again plays Caesar in the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes: a film that, similar to Rise and Dawn before it, is strange in the sense that it doesn't have any A-listers playing the humans contrary Serkis and his fellow ape actors.

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Planet of the Apes producer Dylan Clark unveiled on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes that none other than Tom Cruise - whom Clark worked alongside on director Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi action film, Oblivion - has expressed interest in playing an ape in one of the Planet of the Apes films. He mean it or not, here is the larger quote from Clark on that matter:

Cruise said, "I love working on these movies. [20th Century] Fox has been great. Typically, when you make tentpole movies like the one we made last time, and Jason Clarke, who's my friend, Jason Clarke is not Tom Cruise. Or he's not Denzel Washington. But we said we really loved Jason in Zero Dark Thirty, and they said, "We did, too." And we said, "We really would like to put him in as our human lead [in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes]." And they were like, "That's cool," not like, "You've got to go get Tom Cruise," who is great, too. But if we had Tom Cruise show up in this movie, you guys would be like, "Whaaaat?" Although Cruise, I produced Oblivion. He's a friend and he loves these movies. So, he's always, like, emailing me: "I want to play an ape..." He's always messing with me. He's like, "I've figured it out. I'm going to be this ape in the next movie."

As mentioned, it doesn't sound that Cruise is genuinely aim on joining the Planet of the Apes series - and he already has plenty of other franchise movies and its big that he will keep busy with, over the next few years. Still, who knows; if the current Planet of the Apes franchise does continue after Caesear's story is over, maybe it will be Tom Cruise (the CGI ape) who takes his place as the series warrior.

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