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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

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In War For The Planet Of The Apes, the third and climactic chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster trilogy, director Matt Reeves and an all-star cast unleash the rapidly evolving simians into a world boiling over with divisions and rage as the ape vs. human battle for control of the world careens towards the ultimate winner-takes-all decision. In a flurry of mythic filmmaking, audiences will witness the pivotal moment that determines the fate of human civilization forever -and be immersed in the ape leader Caesar's emotional quest to lead his young society to a new home, even as a war between his belief in family and honor versus the lure of a vengeful reckoning churns within his soul.

At heart, this is the story of both a military and emotional last stand. As peace between species has collapsed -- and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel makes a final, all-out attack -- Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed. Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead. In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope.

Breathless action, big ideas and potent storytelling combine as War For the Planet of the Apes pushes the series into new realms of legend-building as it explores the values that forge a civilization. It all comes to life driven by the most complex and intense performance by Andy Serkis yet as the majestic Caesar, and groundbreaking visual effects from Weta Digital. Also returning to the series is Karin Konoval as Caesar's trusted advisor, Maurice, Terry Notary as Caesar's right-hand man, Rocket, as well as Judy Greer as Caesar's wife Cornelia and Toby Kebbell as Koba.

Unforgettable new characters include two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson as the Colonel, the brash human soldier who believes only an apocalyptic war can salvage the last vestiges of humankind; Steve Zahn as Bad Ape, a lonely chimp who brings heart and humor to the apes in their darkest hour; Amiah Miller as Nova, the human child who becomes an unexpected link between the apes and humanity; Aleks Paunovic as Winter, the stunning but anxious white gorilla; Michael Adamthwaite as Caesar's gorilla lieutenant, Luca, who forges a bond with Nova; and Ty Olsson as Rex, a turncoat gorilla who works for the Colonel as his "donkey."Featuring more apes than ever, including a dozen key characters, as the tide turns against homo sapiens, the film also for the very first time brings performance capture action into the rugged, frozen mountains and a world of snow - all captured in spectacular 65mm under the masterful eye of cinematographer Michael Seresin and set to a stirring score by Oscar winner Michael Giacchino.

For Reeves, who returns to the franchise to take the next step after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the large-scale ambition of the third film was clear: to follow the increasingly upright and capable - but also haunted and questioning -- apes not only into the spectacle of total warfare but into stirring psychological territory as Caesar fights to hold onto his own most humane instincts.

More than ever, Reeves realized, the trajectory of the apes mirrors the archetypal myths of humanity. "As this story starts, there is no more peace with humans, which thrusts Caesar into a deeply emotional, universal kind of conflict,"Reeves describes. "Caesar has always been unique in that he is part ape, part human, yet neither one fully. The hope has been that he might be able to bridge the two societies, but now it is clear that this will not come to pass. What's so exciting is that in exploring Caesar's internal dilemmas at this profound moment it becomes a chance to look at a battle we all know: the war between our intelligence, our empathy and our instinctiveness, and how that forms what defines our humanity. At the same time as this is a very dark journey, it is also a story with so much spirit in it."

Producer Peter Chernin, who has been instrumental to the Apes legacy from the very inception of the trilogy, says: "From the beginning, we always viewed this as a three-part story that began with the birth of Caesar, saw him become an innocent hero as head of the apes and then a smart, compassionate leader only to now be tested, grow and become even more heroic. In a world in which intelligent apes are born, we knew it would inevitably lead to this ultimate conflict with humans. We've come to a remarkable place in the story. It's the apotheosis of Caesar's journey - and as you see him struggle, you see his soul. That was always what we wanted to do with this series: to explore the full panoply in way that inspires us and helps us think about what it means to be human."

Sums ups producer Dylan Clark, who also produces along Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver: "War is part road movie, part war story, part Western and an epic adventure - but at the heart of it all is an emotional exploration of a leader we love. We witness Caesar wrestling with dark demons but he also comes across new signs of light. It may be both the darkest and most hopeful part of the apes' story."

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