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New 'Planet of the Apes' teaser paints chilling view of future

The short teaser for the 2017 movie shows war is no joke for Caesar and company.

Winter is coming! Wait, wrong series! The "Planet of the Apes" franchise isn't "Game of Thrones," but apparently winter plays a role there as well.

Fans got a first look at the third film in the current "Planet of the Apes" series, "War for the Planet of the Apes," on Thursday morning when a brief teaser (see above) came out. It's all about the atmosphere, as ape leader Caesar turns briefly into a snow monkey during a chilling mini-blizzard, then dissolves into the dark night.

In the new film, the ape army is in trouble. "Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel," the plot summary on the video begins. "After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet."

That summary's pretty juicy, but it gets better when you know the ruthless colonel is played by Woody Harrelson. More about the film will be revealed Thursday night at New York Comic-Con.

Alas, it doesn't open until July 2017.