'War for the Planet of the Apes' release date, plot news: Director Matt Reeves likens Caesar's journey to Moses'


The inevitable battle is about to take place in “War for the Planet of the Apes.” In the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film, Caesar (Andy Serkis) says, “You must go before fighting begins. I am sorry. War has begun.”

In an interview with Collider at the recently concluded New York Comic Con, director Matt Reeves likened Caesar to Moses while talking about his place in ape history.

“What I thought was exciting in ‘Dawn’ was that you take him from this revolutionary who frees the apes from their bondage and then in ‘Dawn,’ you have this one moment where they could be peace, and he was this unique character in that he had a foot in both those worlds,” he said.

Reeves went on to describe how the attempt for peace fell apart and that the upcoming film was “very much about how Caesar’s challenge to become that mythic figure.”

He also revealed that the film will be set two years after the events that took place in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and the battle between the apes and humans has already started. Reeves said the apes have retreated into the Muir Woods since they are familiar with the area and guerrilla warfare is conducted there to keep the humans out.

More plot details were also revealed during the event. Caesar is still filled with guilt after breaking the “Ape Shall Never Kill Ape” rule by killing Koba (Toby Kebbell) in the last movie. However, with all the losses the apes have suffered since the start of the war, Caesar is starting to understand what drove Koba to hate the humans so much.

This pushes Caesar to go on a journey with a retinue consisting of Maurice (Karin Konovel), Rocket (Terry Notary) and Luca (Scott Lang) to end the war against the humans’ leader, a military man called the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

“War for the Planet of the Apes” will hit the cinemas on July 14, 2017.