‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer Preview: Humanity Reaches Out

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In Rise of the Planet of Apes, the very first hyper-intelligent primates were held captive in laboratories as their bodies were used as test tubes for medical advances designed to cure human diseases. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, things will be very different: humans have been brought low by a virus of their own creation and their numbers are dwindling even as Caesar (Andy Serkis) leads a growing nation of intelligent apes towards becoming the dominant species on Earth.

That doesn’t mean that the upcoming sequel will be all-apes-all-the-time; Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman will also star as members of a faction of surviving humans who reach out to Caesar in the hopes of establishing peaceful relations. Based on the recently-released posters of the apes decked out in war paint, these efforts probably don’t go entirely smoothly.

After what feels like an unbearably long wait, the trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set for release on Wednesday 18th December at 6AM PST, and to tease its arrival Twentieth Century Fox has released a 12-second preview of the trailer that simply consists of a rainy forest and a single line of dialogue from Clarke ‘s character, Malcolm – presumably the line that will kick off a tumultuous chain of events.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set photo Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer Preview: Humanity Reaches Out

The fact that Malcolm is demanding to speak to Caesar is significant, since it heavily implies that Caesar’s vocabulary has expanded from four simple words into fluent English. We know from previous descriptions of the story that not all of the apes will be so far evolved, which is understandable considering it took Caesar eight years of intense interaction with humans before he managed to speak his first word.

An early set photo from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes showed the scene that this line of dialogue is presumably taken from, with Malcolm and a few of his family members confronting Caesar in the woods. This photo also shows that the apes have taken to riding on horseback, which is interesting considering that the apes themselves were once in servitude to humans. Perhaps this sequel will show the line between the two species beginning to blur.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters on July 11th, 2014.

Source: Twentieth Century Fox

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  1. This and godzilla next year. I can’t wait !

  2. Normally I hate teasers for actually trailers but this actually got me a little pumped up


  4. Oh my god, that tone of voice just sounds suspenseful. I hope this one is just as good as Rise, if not better! Rise was my first POTA film, and I undeniably think it is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. I hope Dawn is great as well, I truly think these remakes can become the new Dark Knight Trilogy, but for Planet of the Apes.

  5. What the s*** is this?? An article for a trailer for a trailer?

  6. Please dont let all the apes be CG.

    • ok? do you know any real life apes that can speak and act like human beings…oh and also act? obviously theyre all cgi, but the motion capture performances combined with the almost 100% photo realistic cgi of the apes in Rise was so damn incredible. don’t see what’s so wrong with that.

      • I think he meant humans in costumes, but then again, what human can move like an ape? not many, and even fewer as actors, either way, it was a rather dumb response.

      • Let me clarify, I simply meant everything doesn’t have to be CG. Less “Azog” and more “Uruk Hai” if that makes sense.

        • So you want to see the humans in the puppet outfits again?

          • Burton’s POTA film was pretty bad, but those ape costumes along with the coaching the actors took to make their movements ape-like were fantastic.

  7. Hail Caesar!

  8. ‘Rise…’ was a genuine surprise. In no way did I expect it to be anything other than an utter pile. I did not feel the two separate stories combined coherently as a whole, but, yeah, everything with Caesar was masterful so I am making sure this movie is front and centre of my radar next year.

    I would say fingers crossed, but Serkis seems to raise the game of all involved simply because the legitimising of the technique on show is essentially his aim in life. Genuinely an undervalued genius in Hollywood.

    • You said it !!!! The first one was good…..let be honest who seen that coming….the second let just hope they don’t mess it up ……I NEED TO SPEEK TO THE WRITERS!!!!

  9. Caesar says hello. Thank God for speech therapy.

  10. Caesar….Caesar…what do I know about Caesar? Oh yes, he makes a pretty tasty salad!

  11. Trailer preview?

    I thought trailers WERE previews.

    • You know Cap America, he starts the trend for previews for previews. Eventually the trailers will be 15 minutes of the movie, then the trailer preview will be 5 minutes, and the preview for the trailer preview will be a collage of set photos… :P

  12. For a moment when I watched this I thought that the voice might be Franco’s, but then disappointedly realized it wasn’t. I would have been much more excited if it had been Franco, or if he had a cameo or something.

  13. Jason Clarke is going to be phenomenal in this film he was awesome in Zero Dark Thirty. He has the potential to make this one of if not the best movie of the year.

  14. You know…..in all seriousness, if they made a movie based on Animal Man ( in the whole DC Comics / Goyer glory) I would be really interested I seeing Andy Serkis play the title character. He’s so underrated!

  15. Trailer, Trailer everywhere.


  17. There will be banana. Blood. Sorry.

  18. So now even trailers need trailers? This was about as lame as the eye blink pre trailer they released for the last awful POA movie.

  19. WTF was that? A trailer of a trailer?

  20. You gotta be kidding! That’s not a trailer!!!! Someone yelling one short line!!!

  21. My reaction – I laughed at it; the same reaction I had to the really bad RISE film before it.

  22. I hope they explain what happens to Franco’s character!