The stars dish on secrets in the new footage.
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If you saw the new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, you can now watch it again with stars Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson breaking down its secrets.

The actors — playing Caesar and the Colonel, respectively — walked IGN through the new footage of the battle for dominion of earth. “Since the end of Dawn, [Caesar’s] been coping with the fact that they are, everybody’s at their wit’s end,” Serkis explained. There has been “suffering on both sides,” he added. “The humans are under attack, the apes are under attack, and it’s reached a critical point where things are dire.”

According to the actor, the opening moments of the trailer take place when Caesar and his apes go in search of the Colonel, the ruthless leader of the human forces. “The Colonel has a gang of soldiers who are searching for these apes and intent on killing them, intent on exterminating them with the purpose of saving humanity,” Harrelson said. “So, I think in the Colonel’s mind, he’s doing a good thing, he’s not just a killer.”

Serkis also pointed out that there are “turncoat apes,” apes who work for the humans as slaves. “They’re really badly taken care of and they’re called donkeys,” he said, adding that one of Caesar’s goals is to free them. Though he didn’t want to get into spoilers around the mysterious young girl in the film, EW previously revealed her to be a character from the original, Nova.

War for the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, brings out a darker side of Caesar, as he sets off on a path that’ll lead him to a showdown with the Colonel for the fate of both species. Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, and Terry Notary also feature among the cast.

The film hits theaters on July 14. Listen to more secrets direct from the stars in the video above.

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