War Gets Emotional in the Latest ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ TV Spot
If you’d told me a decade ago that one of my most highly anticipated moments of the summer would be a showdown between Woody Harrelson and a CGI primate, I probably would have politely excused myself, driven to the local video store, rented a VHS copy of Clint Eastwood’s Every Which Way But Loose, and smacked you over the head with the cassette tape. My, how things change. Under the careful eye of director Matt Reeves, the war between primates and mankind is now one of the hottest summer tickets, and the early trailers and teasers for War for the Planet of the Apes promise one of the best big-budget movies of the year.
The latest television spot shines a light on the tension between Caesar, played to motion-capture perfection by Andy Serkis, and Woody Harrelson’s militia leader. And unless I’m mistaken, Harrelson appears to not only be facing off against his simian opponent, but actively gaslighting him in the process, screaming at Caesar that he’s made the conflict between man and monkey way too emotional. My goodness, do I ever love living in the year 2017.
Here’s the full plot synopsis for War for the Planet of the Apes:
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
In addition to its two leads, the film will also star Judy Greer and Steve Zahn. War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14, 2017.