The Planet of the Apes franchise is one of the greatest franchises of all-time, hands down, with Matt Reeves’ 2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes going down as one of its best, possibly the best. Although the film was absolutely incredible, unfortunately it would be over two years until we got our first real look at the follow-up. Finally, FINALLY, War for the Planet of the Apes will be hitting theaters next summer, and the film will be debuting its first footage this weekend at New York Comic-Con. But in the meantime, Fox has given us just a taste as to what to expect come this weekend, in the form of a teaser to its first trailer.
What I didn’t realize upon my first viewing, the dialogue used is actually Caesar (Andy Serkis) saying his farewell to Jason Clarke’s Malcolm at the end of Dawn. In the film, Caesar says, “war has… already begun. Ape started war. And human… Human will not forgive. You must go… before fighting begins. I am sorry… my friend.” But in this teaser, it’s rearranged just a bit will the following, “you must go… before fighting begins. I am sorry. War has begun.” It’s a fantastic group of words, as War is expected to be a very emotional and powerful film following the events of Dawn, the film we’ve been waiting for since the announcement of this modern day series.
War sees Caesar and his apes forced into a deadly conflict with a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his army that follows. After the apes suffer a huge loss, Caesar starts to wrestle with his inner darkness and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. There’s no doubt Fox wants to continue making these films following the complete success of Dawn, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Caesar dies in this film. It would complete his story for the franchise, while also laying the groundwork for a new leading figure, as well as being one of the most powerful moments of the series.
Take a look at the new teaser and let us know your anticipation for the film in the comments below. How excited are you for the new trailer? Were you a fan of Dawn? How about the franchise as a whole? Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes swings into theaters on July 14th, 2017.
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.