It’s going to be a summer of old friends at theaters, ranging from Spider-Man: Homecoming to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2; Fate of the Furious and Alien: Covenant. But it’s perhaps War For the Planet of the Apes that is one of the most intriguing. For all the proof you need, just check out the new teaser trailer for the third chapter in the rebooted sci-fi series (following 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), which is going to feature some pretty epic action.
Look, it’s fairly obvious who is ultimately going to win in the ongoing struggle between apes and humanity, but it’s getting there that provides the thrill for moviegoers around the world. And it’s certainly unlike anything the series, which began in 1968 with the original Planet of the Apes and encompasses a total of nine films (including War), has seen before. The plot, as suggested by the end of Dawn, has Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow apes battling against the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), who commands a human army intent on wiping out the simian population.
Returning director Matt Reeves, who will next be tackling Ben Affleck’s The Batman, explains that conversations about this film began while they were still wrapping up the last one. In fact, only about a month was taken off before true development work on War began. “The thing that we always knew from the beginning was that Dawn was about a moment in time where peace was possible,” Reeves muses. "Of course, we know it doesn't become Planet of the Humans and Apes; it becomes Planet Of The Apes.
The question is: How do we get there?
“We are left at the end of that story on the precipice of war,” he adds, “but we knew that we would take Caesar into this place where he would have to confront a war he didn't want. Those conversations began right from the beginning. One of the things that he is haunted about is that Dawn was very much about how Caesar ended up having to kill his brother, in Koba, who is played amazingly by Toby Kebbell. As we begin this story, we are thrust two years, after the end of Dawn, into the war. Caesar is fighting a war that he didn't want. He's in the woods. They've all retreated, because apes know the woods better than humans. It has been a brutal fight, there have been huge losses on both sides, and Caesar's haunted by Koba, what he had to do, and this feeling that somehow if he could have seen what it was, the fact that Koba had this experience with humans that was so dark that he could never coexist with them, this war could have been avoided. The journey of the story, the mythic journey, is that Caesar comes to understand exactly why Koba felt the way he did, because he gets pushed, through the extremes of war, to a place that's similar to where Koba was. The question is, will he be able to transcend that?”
War For the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14th.