WATCH: Does War for the Planet of the Apes set up the original Apes movie?

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Jul 11, 2017

Let's start off with a great big SPOILER ALERT! The video interview below touches on key plot points in War for the Planet of the Apes, which opens in theaters this Friday.

The exclamation point on a stunning trilogy, the third chapter in the story of Caesar and the rise of Ape and fall of Man is steered by director Matt Reeves, who also directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis, who portrays Caesar, is once again the linchpin to the story and has singlehandedly elevated the quality and stature of motion-capture performance as a result of his work on these three films.

This time around, he's facing an adversary who matches his leadership and military strategy. Woody Harrelson as The Colonel is not only a worthy foil for Caesar, but the two are very much alike. As Serkis told SYFY WIRE during a recent interview, in another point in time he could see Caesar and The Colonel getting along because of their similarities.

Speaking of time, Reeves spoke to us in detail about where War fits into the master Apes timeline. Remember, this trilogy has always been intended to be a reboot/prequel to the original Planet of the Apes. It's why we saw that TV report in the background of Rise of the Planet of the Apes about the spaceship Icarus (the same ship Charlton Heston piloted in the 1968 original) approaching Mars. In the new film, Reeves shares some fascinating insight into where the story fits into the overall story and the thinking behind it.

Again, we'll warn you that you're about to enter Spoiler Territory. If you're OK with that, give it a click and hear what Reeves and Serkis have to say. And then hit the comments and let us know what you think!

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