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When we last left the world of the Planet of the Apes in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a battle was brewing. After gaining intelligence, Caesar and his brethren escaped their imprisonment while the world began to see the spread of what would end up being a truly deadly plague. Ten years later, at the start of the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, things have only gotten worse, and as you can see from the trailer above, war is ready to begin.
The latest trailer for the Matt Reeves-directed film has dropped on the movie's official YouTube channel, but what's kind of peculiar is that there are two different versions of the spot. You'll notice that the one above has a run time of two minutes and 38 seconds, while the one you see below clocks in at two minutes and 45 seconds. The differences are subtle, but they are definitely there, with some scenes actually being completely different. Compare for yourself:
The best thing about this Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer - and it really is an amazing trailer - is the emotional split that is being set up for Caesar, once again portrayed by performance capture master Andy Serkis. While Caesar is certainly genetically an ape and even has an ape wife and family in the new movie, he also has true love and affection for the humans because he basically had one for a father: Will (James Franco). By the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes it's clear that being with his fellow apes is where Caesar belongs, but there is still are part of him that is more human than ape due to his upbringing. This should cause some absolutely fascinating conflict, particularly with both Koba (the scarred chimp played by Tony Kebbell) and Dreyfus (the human leader and ape-hater played by Gary Oldman).
Working from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves has put together an impressive ensemble of actors, including not only the actors mentioned above but also Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Keri Russell, and Judy Greer (who is actually playing an ape like Serkis and Kebbell, rather than a human character. The film remains one of our most anticipated in the back half of the summer season, and the good news is that we won't have to wait much longer until we see the movie for ourselves. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be in theaters on July 11th.