Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended on a bittersweet note. Caesar (Andy Serkis) had evolved his fellow apes at an unexpectedly fast pace, and a stealthy killer virus was being spread throughout the world. Now 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which shows us just how far humanity has fallen, and how apes have risen up to be the dominate species.
But how well has humanity fared since those events have transpired, and are the apes really off in a better place now that they have established themselves as the dominate species? You’ll just have to hit the trailer below to find out.
The trailer opens with Gary Oldman‘s motivational speech about not giving up, holding on hope, and that despite the killer virus that nearly wiped out the human race, the infighting, or the constant threat of the evolved apes killing humans, they will gather the strength to start anew. Still it looks like there are those who may not be as optimistic as Oldman. We see an obviously desperate Jason Clarke begging a request to see Caesar. Only thing is, when he comes out, he is not alone.
Matt Reeves takes over as directing, replacing Rupert Wyatt who could not commit to making the film he wanted due to Fox’s schedule. Picking up where we left off, Reeves has created a world that resembles almost every other post-apocalyptic nation. Only thing is, apes are now running the show, or are about to since there are still pockets of humanity running a muck. Only thing is, Caesar is having a bit of a power struggle himself with his own ape faction, and that could be the tipping point that points into humanities favor.
Here’s the full synopsis:
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.
Also starring Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Toby Kebbell, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on July 11, 2014.