The fearless ape leader Caesar was first introduced to us back in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The character has been through quite a lot even over the course of just two films. With so much backstory – and War for the Planet of the Apes roaring into theaters in just a few weeks – 20th Century Fox has given fans a brief recap of Caesar’s life and legacy.
In Rise, Caesar was rescued as baby by scientist Dr. Will Rodman (James Franco). This was only after the humans killed Caesar’s seemingly unstable mother, who was acting angry only for the protection of her newborn baby. Rodman decided to take Caesar into his home – and raised him until the ape was eventually discovered and put into an animal shelter full of his own kind. After being severely abused in the shelter, Caesar lead the other apes in a massive outbreak – causing massive havoc and destruction in San Francisco. And that’s only the beginning.
2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an even darker story. However, with the intelligent and righteous Caesar always been front-and-center, it’s hard not to say invested even with the dour tone. But get ready because War for the Planet of the Apes looks to be putting the stakes of the apes, humans, not to mention the entire world, on the line.
No one thought the Apes franchise could come back as spectacularly as it did after decades of idleness. But both Rise and Dawn have been financial and critical success, and the early buzz for War has been even better. The stunning animation, thoughtful and provocative storylines, all the while keeping the original series in-mind has made this rebooted trilogy one of the most captivating in recent memory. So if you’re planning on seeing War but missed the first two installments, check out the new featurette below. The poster is pretty good, too.
War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14th, 2017.
Source: 20th Century Fox