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War for the Planet of the Apes Drops New Trailer

Men have known to become less than human in times of great intensity. According to the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), this is precisely the moment mankind has come to in War for the Planet of the Apes . In the new trailer, the Colonel makes his case, and it’s a disturbing one:

"There are times when it's necessary to abandon our humanity to save humanity,"

In previous teasers, trailers and clips, we’ve seen just how smart Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow apes have become. We’ve watched them improve their speech, create even more complex social structures, and demonstrate their mastery over other animals, specifically horses. Seeing Caesar and his crew atop horses, riding along a beach in Northern California, is how the first official trailer for 20th Century Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes began, reminding you just how far we’ve come from 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apeswhen Caesar was just a baby chimpanzee and very much smitten with his human handlers.

Director Matt Reeves returns, fresh off Dawn of the Planet the Apes, his thrilling 2014 sequel that showed the aftermath of the first film, with Caesar leading the apes deep in the California forests after a simian plague wrecked havoc across the globe. That film ended with man and beast at the very start of a war, bringing us to Reeves’ upcoming film.  

In this latest trailer, Caesar is a long way from his humble beginnings in Dawn, not forced into a war he didn’t start, leading his simian army against the Colonel. And the tides seem to be changing in the humans favor, forcing Caesar to consider his most ruthless instincts and go on his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

The new trailer also introduces us to Nova (Amiah Miler), a young girl who becomes close with the apes. Nova is a seminal character in the Apes franchise, played as an adult by Linda Harrison in the 1968 original, Planet of the Apes.

Joining Harrelson and Serkis are Steve Zahn, Terry Notary and Karin Konoval. 

War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide on July 14, 2017.

Featured image courtesy fo 20th Century Fox.

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