The third installment of the Planet of The Apes reboot is due to hit the screens this Summer. Yesterday Fox released both the new trailer (above) and an accompanying poster (below).
The War For The Planet Of The Apes is set two years after Dawn of the Planet of The Apes. It centers around the battles, both physical and psychological, faced by Caesar and his human antagonist, The Colonel (a sinister, scary, shaven-headed Woody Harrelson).
The Colonel is head of ‘Alpha-Omega’ – a force intended to rid the humans of the ape problem. Incidentally, Alpha-Omega is also the name of the doomsday bomb from the original film-series’ Beneath The Planet Of The Apes.
Caesar’s position has always been that he has never wanted to go to war with humans. In this latest installment Caesar finds himself forced to defend, and avenge, ape-kind after massive losses inflicted by the human army.
The conflict they now face will determine the course of the future for both humans and apes.
The new trailer shows a grimmer, more resigned Ceasar (Andy Serkis). In their remote mountain stronghold, the apes come under attack from a well-equipped human army. The humans are armed and dangerous, and even have helicopter gunships.
As if that wasn’t enough, this time Caesar finds that the humans have somehow persuaded some of his own kind to turn against the apes and help the human army.
The trailer also shows that there is a mute human girl, Nova, living with the apes. Interestingly, this is the image chosen for the poster. The girl is shown being carried on Caesar’s back. The tagline is ‘For Freedom. For Family. For The Planet.’
Another link with the original film-series here – Nova is the name of the female human character in Planet of the Apes. She is rescued by Charlton Heston’s character Taylor. At the end of the film, they are headed off together into the ‘forbidden zone’. Whether the Nova of the new series will have a similarly important role, only time will tell.
The War For The Planet Of The Apes opens on 14th July.