After a number of teases that started all the way back in October with the film’s presence at New York Comic Con, the next chapter in Fox’s rebooted ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes‘, has its first trailer! Based on the trailer, it seems as though the rebooted series is

The trailer itself opens with a shot reminiscent of the ending of the original 1968 film and, with narration from both Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), lays out the mounting tensions between apes and humans. As ominous as the ending of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ may have been, this trailer leaves no doubt that that was little more than a harbinger of darker days to come.

The trailer is available here:

Unlike ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, which took place a good deal of time after ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,‘ the upcoming third entry in the series is set to follow very closely on the heels of the previous film. The official synopsis is as follows:

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 his 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 of their species and the future of the planet.

Helmed by returning director Matt Reeves, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary. The movie’s theatrical release is scheduled for July 14, 2017.