The next installment of the Apes series has been teased for months, and now we have the first real look at Cesar’s continued journey. The only main person to carry over from the Rise of The Planet of The Apes prequel was the magnificent animator-actor Andy Serkis, who is a pro at acting with motion capture.
Going by the trailer, the new director Matt Reeves proved that he has a grip on the series, and has found a way to make it evolve into the beginnings of the former franchise we knew so well.
This time around, Serkis, who didn’t earn a nomination for his 2011 performance in 2011’s Rise of The Planet of The Apes, will act alongside Judy Greer, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Jason Clarke.
The official synopsis for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed as follows:
“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.”
Surprisingly, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes seems to begin exactly where Rise of The Planet of The Apes left off, which means the human race will cease to exist due to the deadly virus that’s rapidly spreading, and the highly intelligent apes that it’s infecting. If you were expecting James Franco and Freida Pinto to reprise their roles, then you’ll be disappointed, as the two aren’t returning due to the progressive plot.
Of his character Caesar, Serkis said:
“The interesting thing now will be how Caesar operates in this world – because of the virus that hits at the end of the first movie – and how Caesar brings an accord between the apes and the surviving humans and that’s going to be interesting where we take that.”
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is set to his theaters on May 23, 2014.