Choreographer/movement specialist and mo-cap performer, Terry Notary (who plays Rocket in the Planet of the Apes movies) echoed Serkis’ observation during the War for the Planet of the Apes press set visit, adding that “The journey has been real for us, as well. We’re carrying the journey of all three movies with us and it’s influencing our characters, I think.” The Harry Potter series and Boyhood comparisons become all the more appropriate when seen in this light, as those films similarly featured a core group of actors growing older together – either over the course of multiple movies (with Harry Potter) or by making a single film over the course of twelve years (on Boyhood) – at the same time as their onscreen counterparts were changed by the passage of time and life.
Much like Boyhood concluded with its protagonist (Mason) reaching adulthood and Harry Potter concluded with Harry fulfilling his destiny to become “The Chosen One”, War for the Planet of the Apes sees Caesar go from being a leader among Ape-kind to becoming an “ape Moses” who will one day be a seminal figure in Ape history. It was always a given that Caesar would evolve into an almost mythical figure one day – as the current Apes films are technically a prequel series to the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie. Nevertheless, like Mason and Harry Potter before him, the most interesting part of Caesar’s story has always been his journey, not his final destination.