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UPDATE: The War for the Planet of the Apes Kicks Off in Epic Fashion!

Image from the War for the Planet of the Apes movie trailer

The War for the Planet of the Apes arrives in the theaters on July 14, 2017.

With all the excitement surround the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, I almost missed that the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes has arrived. Since the first footage debuted at Comic-Con, I’ve been involved in more than a few nerd discussions about the new Apes movies, and whether or not they’re worth continuing to explore. For me, the answer is ‘absolutely.’

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was not only a worthy successor but an equally enjoyable movie in its own right. Unlike the many subpar and often silly sequels to the unquestionably classic and influential 1968 original (Below, Beneath, Around, About, Between, Above, Near, and Escape From…) I felt like Dawn built on the successes of Rise and was starting to introduce a much more interesting world. And it only took me about two seconds to feel at home with the first trailer for War, as it referenced some of the iconic beach imagery from the storied, incredible ending of the original movie.

I’m definitely very excited for this movie, and I feel like Woody Harrelson will make a worthy adversary for Caeser. The narration in the trailer is a bit on the nose (especially at the end), but it’s a minor misstep in an otherwise solid trailer. Now excuse me while I go throw on Jerry Goldsmith’s astounding and groundbeaking score for the original Planet of the Apes.

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For those of us unlucky types who weren’t able to attend New York Comic-Con, Fox dropped an intriguing if less than a wholly satisfying teaser for the War for the Planet of the Apes movie. But, perhaps to help soothe our pain a little, the fine folks over at Deadline are letting us all know what’s going on. But first, if you missed it, let’s take a look at that teaser.

The War for the Planet of the Apes Teaser

Plot Details on War for the Planet of the Apes Movie

Director Matt Reeves (who directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and produced Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) shared that the latest entry in the revived Apes franchise is set two years after the events at the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The increasingly dominant apes are now fighting with a human force led by a harsh and extreme Colonel being played by Woody Harrelson. And before anyone asks if Woody can do menace, go watch Out Of the Furnace, and you’ll have your answer. (It’s yes, by the way.) Caeser, in the meantime, finds himself conflicted, and is shifting to a more negative view of the humans, finding himself starting to agree more and more with his Bonobo nemesis Koba, from Dawn.

Director Matt Reeves, Producer Dylan Clark and Andy Serkis Talk Performances

Dylan Clark said that “Watching Woody and Andy slugging it out on set was very exciting.” Serkis agreed, praising Harrelson’s performance and taking a moment to discuss the relationship between the pair in the movie, “Caesar and the Colonel are kind of drawn to each other …there’s this bizarre connection.

Matt Reeves expressed continued amazement with Andy Serkis, stating that he “deserves an Academy Award,” and is an “incredible, incredible actor.” And with a strong roster of both stellar digital and live-action performances to back it up, you’ll get no argument from me, or, well, anyone with sense. Serkis added that the role was, “the most psychologically intense and physically challenging part of this arc.

What War For the Planet of the Apes Footage Was Shown During the Panel?

Throughout the panel, Fox apparently shared a total of about 10 minutes of footage from the War for the Planet of the Apes movie, including an all new teaser trailer. According to Deadline, here’s what was shared:

  • A short featurette on Serkis repeating his role as Caesar and his incredible performance capture work on the movie
  • An unfinished and rawly animated clip showing Ceasar and orangutan Maurice (with Karin Konoval reprising her role from the first two movies as well) leading a group of gun-toting apes on a raid of the human camp, and discovering a seemingly mute girl.
  • The teaser trailer, which began in darkness, with audio of a failed attempt on Caesar’s life, and ended showing Harrelson, while highlighting the scale of the fight between the two enemies in between.

As soon as Alexander Desplat announced he would no longer be composing the score for Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, fans and reporters began cultivating their own conspiracy theories. The film has had its fair share of road blocks over the past year, including extensive reshoots that necessitated a new composer due to supposed time constrictions on Desplat’s behalf.Now, it seems as though we’ve discovered the root of those time constrictions. Desplat has moved on from the Star Wars universe to Luc Besson’s city of a thousand planets… [Click here to read more…]

There’s now word yet on whether any of this footage will find it’s way out of the Con. Personally, I loved the first two Apes movies, and I can’t wait for War to drop on July 14th, 2017.

Featured Image: 20th Century Fox

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