Summer 2017 is filled to the brim with big-name tentpoles and franchise movies - among them, new Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers films, as well as the latest Planet of the Apes installment. The latter is titled War for the Planet of the Apes and it continues the story of Caesar (played via motion-capture by Andy Serkis) from where we last left him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As the title implies, war between Ape-kind and humanity has now begun, with Caesar leading the Apes and a fellow known as simply the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leading Team Humankind.
Serkis is joined by several familiar collaborators on War for the Planet of the Apes; among them being, his Dawn co-writer/director Matt Reeves and fellow mo-cap performers Terry Notary, Karin Kondoval and Scott Lang, reprising their roles as the Apes Rocket, Maurice and Luca, respectively, from the previous two Apes movies. As part of our set visit reports and coverage for the newest Planet of the Apes film, we can now share official images and set photos for the movie - featuring humans, CGI Apes and humans dressed in mo-cap gearing playing Apes alike.
As both the images in the below gallery and the War for the Planet of the Apes trailer illustrate, War is very much just that: a full-blown war movie (think of it as being The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the Planet of the Apes universe). Caesar himself packs some serious firepower in the form of a shotgun in the film; his fellow apes also wield bows and arrows, among other weaponry, in their battle with the Colonel and his own soldiers - who aren't hurting for heavy artillery, either.
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The current run of Planet of the Apes movies have earned much in the way of critical praise for not only their visually-impressive digital effects and Ape-based action sequences/set pieces, but also for their overt sociopolitical overtones and smart character drama. War for the Planet of the Apes appears to fit the same mold, what with Caesar once again being portrayed as a very complex protagonist and the war between the Apes and humankind similarly being painted more in shades of grey, rather than as a black and white conflict. If that's the case, then War certainly has the potential to be among the better (if not the best) tentpoles arriving in theaters next summer.
And on that note - here's Caesar riding a horse in a snowstorm with a shotgun strapped to his back, in the official War for the Planet of the Apes poster released by 20th Century Fox:
Source: 20th Century Fox
- War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) release date: Jul 14, 2017