Earlier today, it was confirmed that 20th Century Fox is bringing their highly-anticipated sequel War for the Planet of the Apes to New York Comic Con, with the first footage expected to be unveiled during this panel. While we don't know if this footage will debut online after the panel presentation, the studio did unveil the first official synopsis today as well. Take a look at the plot description below.
"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 this 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."
Andy Serkis returns as Caesar from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, alongside Judy Greer returning as Cornelia, with Woody Harrelson joining the cast as the aforementioned Colonel, the primary human villain. The cast also includes Gabriel Chavarria, Ty Olsson, Sara Canning, Chad Rook, Terry Notary, Alessandro Juliani, Karin Konoval and Steve Zahn. 20th Century Fox has set a July 14, 2017 release date, which is currently the only movie set for that date, but it is situated between Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017) and Dunkirk (July 21, 2017) next summer.
2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes jumped forward 15 years after the events portrayed in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Director Matt Reeves has stated that the War of the Planet of the Apes story is set shortly after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with no major leap forward in time. Matt Reeves is directing from a script he co-wrote with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writer Mark Bomback.
The first footage from this highly-anticipated adventure actually debuted back in November, with a special video featuring director Matt Reeves that announced a contest, where one fan can win the chance to become an actual ape on the set of this movie. 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes took in $176.7 million domestic and $481.8 million worldwide, from a $93 million budget, while the 2014 follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned $208.5 million domestic and $710.6 million worldwide, from a $170 million budget. We'll be sure to bring you the first War for the Planet of the Apes trailer if it arrives next weekend.