As its title suggests, War for the Planet of the Apes continues the ape-human conflict that began in Dawn: the trailer footage shows it to be extremely heavy duty, with lots of high-grade weaponry in use. The war looks to be personalised in the forms of Caesar (Andy Serkis again, in motion capture) and the shaven-headed Colonel played by Woody Harrelson.
The trailer also shows us a kid riding with the apes – presumably played by 12-year-old Amiah Miller – who, making a wild stab in the dark, may be something to do with the photograph the Colonel lays down at one point. Hostage? Runaway? Who knows?
Directed by Matt Reeves, returning from Dawn, this looks like it’s going to be a sombre, hardware-heavy affair.
War for the Planet of the Apes is scheduled for release on 14 July in the US and UK.