The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God's-image apes — that's self-delusional humans — discover the GMO apes' hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the GMO apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I'm ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow GMO apes. Check out the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer below.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' release date
The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer precedes the 20th Century Fox release by about two months: in the United States and Canada, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on July 11, 2014. As per the IMDb, that's a day or two after the film debuts in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, Indonesia, and The Philippines, among other countries. (Check out the 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' teaser trailer featuring a simmering Caesar.)
The following week, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel will be released in about a dozen more countries, among them Argentina, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, The Netherlands, Denmark, Chile, Greece, and the U.K.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' cast, director
Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), and written by Mark Bomback (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Wolverine), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (the latter two also working on Jurassic World and Avatar 3), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, King Kong), Best Actor Oscar nominee Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, Judi Greer, Angela Kerecz, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kevin Rankin, Kirk Acevedo, and Keir O'Donnell.
Previous 'Planet of the Apes' movies
Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, and Kim Hunter starred in Franklin J. Schaffner's classic 1968 sci-fier Planet of the Apes. The film version of Pierre Boulle's novel was written by The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling and former blacklistee Michael Wilson (The Bridge on the River Kwai, also based on a Boulle novel; Lawrence of Arabia).
There would be four increasingly less popular and mostly poorly received Planet of the Apes sequels: Ted Post's Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969), Don Taylor's Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), and J. Lee Thompson's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1973) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). Tim Burton remade Planet of the Apes in 2001, with Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, and Helena Bonham Carter in the lead roles.
Of note, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a similar premise to that of Battle for the Planet of the Apes, which starred Roddy McDowall as Caesar, in addition to Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Paul Williams, France Nuyen, veteran Lew Ayres (All Quiet on the Western Front, Best Actor Oscar nominee for Johnny Belinda), and filmmakers John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Prizzi's Honor, The Dead) and John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London).
Andy Serkis as Caesar photo and new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer: 20th Century Fox.