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This very short clip for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes serves as a thumb tack on your calendar, a Post-It note reminding you that the first full trailer for the Apes sequel drops Wednesday morning. We will have it on the site ASAP, obviously. In the meantime, beg to speak with Caesar… and pray he has mercy on your soul.
The tease to the trailer (a necessity in this day and age) was posted on YouTube. It gives away nothing. It doesn’t even show us one single ape. We were treated to a few of those "pleasant" faces weeks ago when 20th Century Fox shared character posters for Dawn. Hail Caesar!
But beyond that, we’re in a holding pattern until Fox unveils the trailer, giving us a better idea of the direction of the sequel. We know that it takes place after the events of the surprise franchise reset Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which helped explain how intelligent apes escaped from a research facility in San Francisco and spread a simian flu across our country.
How much ape action do you think that we are going to get in Dawn? The plot synopsis provides a few hints:
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.
Given the fact that the franchise is known as The Planet of the Apes, I think we kind of already know which direction the war will tip. Matt Reeves is taking over the Apes franchise, having helmed Cloverfield and the underrated Let Me In. He brings Andy Serkis back as Caesar, but surrounds the mo-cap all-star with Judy Greer, Keri Russell and the brilliant Gary Oldman, who should make for a fantastic villain. The sequel moved up to the July 11, 2014 release date after Fast and Furious 7 pumped the brakes on its production schedule. We get to talk to Caesar tomorrow. Grab your popcorn.