While one marquee cinematic franchise after another over the past five years or so has attempted to reboot or reimagine itself with varying twists and degrees of success, “War for the Planet of the Apes” is set to arrive this coming summer as the culmination of what we would call a surprisingly quiet resurgence by the prequel trilogy.
“All of human history has led to this moment.” So reflects the hellbent Colonel, the man who knows his last stand will be a winner-take-all war of attrition with Caesar’s army of rebellious primates. Caesar finds himself as much at odds with his primal, destructive instincts as he consumed by avenging his kind’s crippling losses. Meanwhile, The Colonel must bear the sum of humanity’s sins against nature on his back while fighting to ensure that his stands tall after the last shot has been fired.
Part of the film preview shows it takes place in a wintery, snowy battleground. Much different from the California redwoods of the last movie. If you remember from the original movie, the big shocker was when we saw the Statue of Liberty, half destroyed in the sand. This snow would suggest the apes have moved east, so its likely we may get to see how the Statue of Liberty meets its final demise that is a prequel to the original Planet of the Apes movie.
Led by Woody Harrelson as The Colonel and Andy Serkis reprising his celebrated portrayal of Caesar under the direction of Matt Reeves, “War for the Planet of the Apes” also stars Steve Zahn, Judy Green, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, Terry Notary and Gabriel Chavarria. It hits theaters everywhere on July 14, 2017.