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Watch the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes

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‘Nature has been punishing us ever since’

20th Century Fox has unveiled the first trailer for Matt Reeve’s upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes, which sets up what appears to be the biggest confrontation between humans and apes in the series.

The teaser opens with a group of apes on horseback on a beach, as a voice-over of Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis) intones that he did not start a war, but had offered peace. The trailer then shows a group of soldiers entering a dark cave in search of the leader of the apes, and there’s plenty of gunfire as human soldiers and apes go head to head. We also get glimpses of Woody Harrelson’s Colonel, caravans of military vehicles, and a child that the apes seem to have rescued.

The film is the third in the series of rebooted films from the Planet of the Apes franchise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, were directed by Rupert Wyatt and Matt Reeves, respectively.

War for the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 14th, 2017.