The final theatrical trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been released and buzz for the 20th Century Fox’s tentpole follow-up to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has never been stronger. Set to be released on July 11, Fox is hoping that the sequel can build upon the critical and financial success of its predecessor and keep the rebooted franchise firing on all cylinders.
The new action packed trailer shows exactly why Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the most anticipated blockbuster films of the summer. With Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) leading the human charge against horse riding apes armed with guns, the film looks to give audience members exactly what they always envisioned in the epic battle between man and ape. As Caesar (Andy Serkis) tells newfound human friend Malcom (Jason Clarke), “War has begun.”
Taking place a decade after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the film tells the story of a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar — the chimp who propelled the apes’ rise to power. But a growing band of humans who survived the plague unleashed in the first film increasingly threaten the safety of the group of apes and a short-lived peace treaty brings both sides to the brink of a war that will decide whether apes or humans will dominate Earth.
“Going through to this next stage, it’s very much about Caesar having become leader, and not throwing away everything that he has grown up with as a human being,” Serkis explains. “So in a sense, he’s both finding his inner ape by galvanizing this group of orangutans and chimps and gorillas — 2,000 strong — but also trying to evaluate on a daily basis, and not become absolute but be open and empathetic.”