Watch Caesar Speak In The First Clip From Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Perhaps the most powerful moment in Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes is when Caesar (Andy Serkis) rebels against the horrible treatment delivered by Tom Felton's Dodge Landon, grabs his arm, and screams "NO!" (a very specific reference to the original franchise). After spending so much time watching Caesar grow smarter and emotionally develop it's truly amazing to actually hear speech come out of his mouth. The same could be said when he tells Will (James Franco) "Caesar is home" at the end of the film, and if the above clip is any indication, it will still have a serious impact hearing him speak in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The latest look at the Apes sequel comes to us via MTV, and it would appear that it's a scene that takes place very, very early in the movie. Amongst the group of humans we can recognize Jason Clarke (who looks to be the leader of the group), Kodi Smit-McPhee (who is playing Clarke's son) and Keri Russell. This bunch of humans is clearly not all that used to interacting with hyper-intelligent chimps and gorillas, which one can imagine changes drastically over the course of the film. That said, there is obviously a lot of pre-established conflict between humans and apes, and that should come to a head spectacularly in the third act of the film.

Directed by Matt Reeves, best known as the filmmaker behind Cloverfield and Let Me In, Dawn of The Planet of the Apes begins a full decade after the last film and begins as humans have become all but extinct due to the spread of a killer virus. While the survivors have grouped together in factions, the apes have continued to learn and evolve, building communities in the process. While there exists the possibility of peace, it's representatives from both sides that wind up making it an impossibility, and soon the two species find themselves on the brink of war. In addition to the actors mentioned above, including Andy Serkis (who returns as Caesar), the movie also stars Gary Oldman, Judy Greer and Toby Kebbell.

While it remains shocking to hear Caesar speak in this Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip, don't expect the film to be filled with banter back and forth between primates. At this year's WonderCon in Anaheim, California, Serkis and Reeves informed the crowd that apes will have many ways of communicating in the new movie, including simple gestures, sign language and, obviously, vocalization. I imagine party of the reason behind this is that there still exists a certain learning curve between Caesar and the other apes, who aren't as developed as he is. We may get to see more of them talking towards the end of the film, but otherwise we might have to wait for the third movie in the rebooted series.

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