Caesar and his band of chimps and gorillas were poised to inherit the earth at the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but now in War for the Planet of the Apes, a monkey wrench has been thrown in their plans.
The new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes dropped on Friday, and it shows a group of heavily armed humans threatening to destroy everything Caesar has worked for.
“I … did not … start this war,” Ceasar says in a voiceover during a shot of him and some fellow apes riding horses on a beach that resembles the iconic finale of the original film. “I offered you … peace,” he continues. “I showed you … mercy. But now you’re here … to finish us off … for good.”
The rest of the snowy trailer shows Woody Harrelson’s character, an imposing military leader, attempt to take down an ape stronghold while rallying his troops. Ceasar, meanwhile, appears to be getting pushed further and further away from his peaceful self as the struggles and realities of war tempt him towards an increasingly violent path.
“If we lose,” Harrelson’s character says, “it will be … a planet of apes.”
Any movie with a title drop in the trailer is okay by me, and we’ll find out if humanity is able to eek out a victory or not when War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14, 2017.