Before they came out, many thought the idea of rebooting the Planet Of The Apes franchise with a series of prequels was a bad idea. However both Rise and Dawn turned out to be great films and big successes at the box office.
Now a third is on its way, in the form of War Of The Planet Of The Apes, which has just recruited Woody Harrelson to be its human villain, according to THR.
Not a huge amount is known about the plot, although it is known that Matt Reeves will return to direct, Andy Serkis will once more be ape leader Caesar, and Gabriel Chavarria will be one of two human leads.
Of the new film, Reeves has previously said, “As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of DAWN. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. Where he is going to be thrust into circumstances that he never, ever wanted to deal with, and was hoping he could avoid. And now he is right in the middle of it. The things that happen in that story test him in huge ways, in the ways in which his relationship with Koba haunts him deeply. It’s going to be an epic story. I think you’ve probably read that I sort of described it where in the first film was very much about his rise from humble beginnings to being a revolutionary. The second movie was about having to rise to the challenge of being a great leader in the most difficult of times. This is going to be the story that is going to cement his status as a seminal figure in ape history, and sort of leads to an almost biblical status. He is going to become like a mythic ape figure, like Moses.”
It’s due out July 2017.