Charlton Heston Is Back In WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Trailer Tease
20th Century Fox has just released a new trailer tease for the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, and the artfully constructed piece features a voiceover by none other than Charlton Heston, who starred in the original two films in the franchise.
You can see the teaser below, and expect the full and last trailer before the release of the film tomorrow.
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The trailer is a pastiche of footage from the past two movies in this series–the prequels “Rise” and “Dawn” of the Planet of the Apes–as well as from archival newsreels. Essentially, the tease juxtaposes the arch of human history and ingenuity with an ominous view of the future (“witness the end”, the video threatens). But central to the narrative effect is the voiceover by Charlton Heston, repeating the famous monologue he gave towards the end of the original 1960s Planet of the Apes, upon discovering the potential fate of humankind.
“I refuse to accept the end of man,” Heston said then, not only because of his soul, but because of his “spirit capable of compassion.” That is of course likely a pointed reference to the seemingly vicious Colonel that will provide the main foil to Caesar in the upcoming film, played by Woody Harrelson. Behind all of this we can see color and black & white reels of worker, explosions, wars, and past presidents, as if the entire arch of human history was bending towards a traumatizing conclusion in the upcoming film.
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War for the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 14, 2017, and stars Harrelson, Andy Serkis in his groundbreaking motion capture role, Steve Zahn, and Terry Notary.