The second trailer for Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released earlier this week, giving audiences a closer look at the film’s plot.
The synopsis for Dawn of the Planet of the Apesreads:
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.
Funnily enough, such a synopsis seems a little “Titanic” when you take into consideration the original films starring Charleton Heston. Unless, of course, you consider that the apes in the previous film were only a part of the civilizations left on Earth when Heston’s Taylor returns.
The film is a direct sequel of the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an origin film that showed how Dawn’s main ape character Caesar was raised by Wil Rodman, played by actor James Franco.
In the teaser trailer, which was released last December, a leader of the human survivors named Dreyfus could be heard giving a speech to his band of followers, who apparently fought the deadly virus that was released in Rise of the Planet of the Apes for four years, then spent another four years fighting each other. In the full trailer, we get a better look at Malcolm, played by Jason Clarke, who is attempting to bring peace to both the humans and the now advancing civilization of apes.
At the end, Caesar’s ominous words tell the audience as humans are seen being shuffled away by apes, “War has already begun.”
Franco’s character appears only in a cell phone video that Caesar watches and since Franco himself did not see himself returning for the sequel, it’s likely his character simply dies off in the spread of the virus after Rise. Caesar is played via motion capture by Andy Serkis. Joining the cast alongside Oldman and Clarke are Kirk Acevedo and Keri Russell.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 11, 2014.