‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Official Site Reveals Human Character Images

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The Planet of The Apes franchise continues next year with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which follows up on the battle between apes and men as established by the 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The world of humans has greatly deteriorated due to the release of “ALZ-113”; an experimental viral-based Alzheimer’s drug that is lethal to humans. The result was worldwide pandemic and in-fighting between human factions.

The apes, who benefit from “ALZ-113” with increased intelligence, seem to be doing better than ever. It seems that after they fled across the Golden Gate Bridge, leaving San Francisco (and the humans) on the other side, ape leader Caesar has established a stronghold in the Muir Woods redwood forest. It appears that a showdown between the two sides is imminent. Looking at the trailer, the humans seem to want a peaceful resolution, but the apes, with their war paint and spears, have something else in mind.

Check out new images of the human characters in the sequel/played by Gary Oldman (RoboCop), Keri Russel (The Americans) and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty). We’ve lined them into a banner style meant to contrast the previously-released Ape character posters:


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The official movie website gives a brief tour of Muir Woods and San Francisco; the ape encampment is both militaristic and terrifying, with eerie Muir Woods shrouding the crude ape structures in moss and mist. San Francisco is in ruins, slowly being reclaimed by nature as the last of the humans try to hold on to their society and survive in a world where they are no longer the dominant species.

Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), the movie will no doubt be full of action and excitement, but we should also expect to see a film that is more character-oriented and psychological than plot-driven. With Andy Serkis (known for his convincing work as Gollum) as Caesar, we should except to see a good portion on the movie focusing on his evolution as the leader of the increasingly intelligent ape species.

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A character-driven film would be a welcomed addition to the franchise at this point in the story. The groundwork has been laid by previous films and the world of Dawn is ripe with interesting characters in dire circumstances. If the film relies heavily on plot it could fall short of expectations because we pretty much already know what is going to happen between the humans and apes; unless Reeves is taking the story in a radically different direction, the smart money is on the apes.

Hopefully there is a healthy mix of raw action and characterization that tackles the philosophical issues behind the conflicting factions. It’s hard to tell this early as we don’t have much to go on besides a brief trailer and some pictures. As we move closer to the release date, we will likely see some additional promotions that will give us a better feel for the film. But it looks good so far.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 11, 2014.

Source: Dawn of Apes official site via CBM

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  1. Gary Oldman is an excellent actor. Loved him as Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, as Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and of course, as Norman Stansfield, the corrupt DEA agent, in The Professional. What a range. I have no doubt he will be great in this.

    • Check out Child 44 then! Oldman and Hardy!

  2. This movie better focus on the Apes and not the freaking humans.

    • +1

    • I think they said that it would be both, like from one to another. I actually think that is a good idea because in the original movies it gets a little boring seeing nothing but apes walking around and talking. I am talking about Conquest and Escape, not Beneath and the original, those two were good with humans and apes.

    • d*** dirty humans!

  3. Wow humans, so strange looking, the cg makes them look so real, but still not as real looking as us primates.

  4. i can’t wait this looks great

  5. I hope they address why the rest of the country, or hell even state, comes to the aid of San Francisco. I really enjoyed the first, so I’m really excited to see this one.

    • No explanation could account for what happened. It is a piece of fiction. One or two good soldiers, armed with what the military provides, could have easily taken out all of the apes and monkeys.

      In the original franchise, with Charlton Heston, I believe the world went upside down, and monkeys took over, after we blew it up with nuclear weapons. In this fantasy realm, that would have been much more plausible.

  6. *DOESN’T come to the aid, rather.

    (couldn’t find an edit button)

  7. Yeah, it’s a little sketchy that after the news broke of the Ape riot on San Francisco, the Goverment haven’t drop a couple of bombs on the apes’ forest… would have taken them out in a blink of an eye.

    • Did the whole world not get hit by the virus? Leaving a walking dead scenario, but with apes instead of zombies?

      Would explain why no one helps them if they are all suffering with there own issues..

      • No, the whole world did not get hit at once. See my comments above for what they should have done to make it a bit more plausible.

        • At the end of Rise, the pilot (neighbour who Ceaser attacked) was flying to New York and his nose starts to bleed. Pretty sure he infects the passengers on the plane, they infect everyone they come into contact with, etc. It’s also possible he infects people at the airport going to different countries. Bombing the forest would take out the apes, but the disease would still spread and wipe out the humans.

          • I agree…the disease could, and likely would, still spread, but if real, the ape problem could have been easily contained and eliminated. That was my only major problem with the film.

  8. First the US would be hard pressed to ‘drop bombs’ on its own soil.

    Secondly Animal Activist would go ape if the US Government wanted to wipe out a bunch of animals that broke free returning to the wild.

    Thirdly as Wineacus stated there is a virus loose that has/will/is wiping out a lot of the human populous. They have more pressing matters on their hands then a bunch of animals getting loose.

    And fourthly it is San Francisco… crazy stuff happens there all the time. 😉

    • First, we would have no problem dropping bombs on our own soil to address a threat.

      Second, these animals attacked, hurt, and killed numerous human beings. Again, no problem in taking them out.

      Third, we know how to multi-task, or at least we used to know (comment on current administration).

      Fourth…you win the debate here. It is San Francisco. :)

      • human-lover! :3

  9. and let us add the salient concept: it’s a movie. they are actors.. wearing ape suits… i join you alll in hoping the writers are as talented as those commenting in here… i hope the writers do not fail us.. the apes are watching..

  10. When you watch the end credits, recognize the lethality of the disease, recognize the incubation period, and watch how quickly it spreads internationally, you can understand how some rowdy apes are the least of civilization’s problems.

    • +1
      The virus makes it VERY plausible as to how civil liberties at every level could have broken down very quickly. It’s not too much of a stretch IMO. Don’t see what all the confusion is about. I personally don’t want them to spend unnecessary time on recounting how we got from “there” to “here”. Especially since it was inferred/implied at the end of the first movie.

  11. Looks nice and aggressive.

    • +1

  12. ” The world will end with not a bang .. but a wimper .. “

  13. I grew up on Planet of the Apes and after the disapointment of the Walhberg POA I was glad to see ROPA follow the original. Sequel should be awesome!

  14. interested but,what about animal abuse or death of animals in production?i avoid movies with animal action.animal rights advocate!can’t stand animal abuse!

  15. Why did the setting move from New York to San francisco?

  16. How are the Apes going to serve. There are still more humans on earth, than Apes.