An official synopsis for the third entry in the rebooted Apes series has been unveiled, and it sounds like it's going to live up to its title.
With the first footage from War for the Planet of the Apes due to be unveiled next Thursday night (Oct. 6) as part of the festivities surrounding New York Comic Con, 20th Century Fox has also rolled out our first glimpse of the movie's storyline. Not surprisingly, it sounds like there's a war involved:
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.
When we last saw Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his growing tribe of intelligent apes, it did indeed seem that war was imminent and that each species' sentiment against each other was growing increasingly hostile, even as Caesar tried unsuccessfully to find a way to live in peace. It sounds now like the reluctant warrior will face his greatest test yet at the hands of the Colonel, and it will be interesting to see Woody Harrelson dig into that role (perhaps he'll turn out to be Mendez the First, the forefather of the mutant race in Beneath the Planet of the Apes -- just throwing it out there ...)
Will War for the Planet of the Apes end with the downfall of humankind and bring the entire Apes franchise full circle, back to where it began in 1968? Director Matt Reeves said in the past that this is the movie in which Caesar becomes the "seminal figure" in the history of the apes, which could mean a lot of things, including his ascension to the level of what Reeves called "mythic god."
No doubt we'll find out a bit more at the NYCC footage premiere, which will also feature Serkis, Reeves and producer Dylan Clark in attendance. The last two Apes movies have been that rare example of a reboot going amazingly well; let's hope the third one will be an even more spectacular and thought-provoking entry in the series.
War for the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on July 14, 2017.