Good news everyone! For those of you interested in all things Apes, the time spent waiting for the continuing saga of one of the most famous cinematic simians has not been in vain; the dawn of that particular story draws closer. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has taken the reins from Rupert Wyatt in this new Planet of the Apes series and from the look of the trailer that dropped today it seems to be in good hands.
In this next installment, titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we find Caesar has risen to effectively become king of the apes. Now that the simian flu has crippled humanity he and his legions are on the cusp of war against all who remain.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
This sequel to the 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which we were quite taken with) stars Andy Serkis (as Caesar), Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo. Matt Reeves directs this second prequel in the new Apes series (featuring music from Michael Giacchino!) and 20th Century Fox has slated Dawn for wide release next Summer on July 11th, 2014.
If you want to know more about the story, specifically the 10 years between the 2011 film and this film, click this link to check out this cool Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prequel comic Before the Dawn and the clever viral site for OPHA, the “Office of Public Health”.