With the latest full trailer for Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poised to drop, 20th Century Fox invited a handful of film journalists to a small studio in New York City to preview chunks of footage from this summer’s simian sequel. The trailer was included in the reel (you can view it right here, if you haven’t yet seen it), as were several larger scenes that will play out in the upcoming movie. We learned some very interesting facts that fill in some of the gaps from the trailer. If you are interested in the Apes sequel you are going to want to know the following.

Needless to say, the rest of this feature gets into spoilers for this summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so please click away if you don’t want to know what’s coming up!

The Apes Have Created A Community In The Forest
The action in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place 10 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where a lab-created virus created a race of genetically superior apes who broke free from their prisons and escaped into the woods outside of San Francisco. At this stage, the virus has done severe damage to the human population, and a small band of survivors are trying to figure out how to sustain our race.

Meanwhile, the smartest apes – led by Caesar (Andy Serkis, in all of his motion-capture glory) – have created a self-serving community that they hope to protect. They don’t want to interact with the human. They don’t want a conflict with the humans. They want peace in the area Caesar refers to a "home." But we wouldn’t have much of a movie if that were allowed to happen, now, would we?

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