The last instalment was one of the biggest critical hits of 2014, and now the next entry in the Planet of the Apes saga is coming to cinemas soon.

Andy Serkis reprises his role as Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest in the prequel-sequel series of the beloved classic.

The war between mankind and the intelligent apes has gotten darker and deadlier, with the world slipping towards dystopia.

"I did not start this war. I offered you peace. I showed you mercy. But now you are here to finish us off for good," Caesar growls over shots of humans hunting apes and being captured.

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The apes face a new threat from the Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson, who is having success with wiping out the ape threat.

With an opening shot reminiscent of the closing scene from the original, the trailer showcases the beautiful cinematography and dark themes that have made this series a fan favourite. It shows that the film will be set in winter, and hints at an epic showdown between the warring sides.

War co-stars Judy Greer and is directed once again by horror director Matt Reeves. It is set for release on July 13.