First Look: Filming on ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ has Begun

Director Matt Reeves revealed that War for the Planet of the Apes (“for”, not “of”? Damn it! I meant “of”. Hmm. I like it.) filming has begun, posting the first photo from the set to his Twitter account this weekend.

The filmmaker also confirmed that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes composer Michael Giacchino will return to craft the score for the sequel, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not the actor standing at the horse’s side is Planet of the Apes franchise star Andy Serkis.

A photo of a horse and rider on the beach serves as a nice tease for fans of the original Apes series — the moment when Charleton Heston‘s character discoved a half-buried monument at the seaside (picture above). Reeves previously said of the prequel story arc:

The idea would never be to remake the ’68 film. There might be some of those events from another perspective, and obviously to also see them as events that grew out of everything that we’ve been watching from this new iteration. They wouldn’t be exactly the same either. So if, and when, we ever get there, which I think is an exciting notion, it would definitely not be a remake but it would be sort of a re-telling of those events from a new perspective. And the events themselves would probably be a bit different since they will have grown out of these films.

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Beach Photo

War FOR the Planet of the Apes is scheduled for release on July 14, 2017, starring Serkis as Caesar, Woody Harrelson as the new villain known as The Collonel, plus Gabriel Chavarria, Steve Zahn, Mercedes de la Zerda, and Amiah Miller.