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The New War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer Sets Up the Future We All Know Is Coming

Still: War for the Planet of the Apes trailer (Fox)
Still: War for the Planet of the Apes trailer (Fox)
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War for the Planet of the Apes is a movie that is very aware that the story it’s telling is the creation myth of 1968's Planet of the Apes. And in this new trailer, multiple elements are propelling the story toward the human-ape confrontation that we know leads to a Planet of Apes.


In addition to Caesar’s (Andy Serkiss) own growth into a leader and becoming something like a legend in his own time, we also get glimpses of Bad Ape (Steve Zahn) explaining that there’s something out there that’s making the humans dumber while the apes get smarter, and more time with the little girl named Nova (Amiah Miller, playing the same character Linda Harrison played in Planet of the Apes).

But I’m kind of fascinated with Caesar’s conversation with the ape working for the humans. He makes a good point and I hope the movie goes into why the ape stays with them. It’s a dense, intriguing trailer:

War for the Planet of the Apes will be in theaters July 14.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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I have to say this is one of the few reboots where I’ve really liked what they’ve done with the series and it’s not felt like a sell out. This really feels like it could lead to the world of the original movie.