Fox has released their latest trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes; the third chapter in the Apes reboot series. The first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, showed Caesar’s origins with his friend played by James Franco.
This trailer shows us a much deeper look at how the world has evolved over the years since the war between man and ape began at the end of the last film. Caesar and his apes have become more fluent in their command of the English language, and both man and ape seem to have adopted a more militaristic society. We are shown that there are even some ape defectors that have joined with the humans. We also get some great dialogue between Woody Harrelson’s Colonel and Andy Serkis’ Caesar, and a tone throughout the trailer that our favorite ape may not be long for the world.
The original series ran from 1968 to 1973 and spanned five feature length films chronicling the rise and fall of the Ape dominated Earth with a dose of time travel and psychic humans. The series was unsuccessfully rebooted in 2001 with Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Giamatti. The current series of films picks elements from the previous films to create a new take on the ape revolution that would consume the world.
War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14, 2017 and is directed by Matt Reeves. The film will star Andy Serkis as the ape leader Caesar, Woody Harrelson as the human military leader, Steve Zahn and Judy Greer.