Fox has released the first official image from Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes featuring highly intelligent ape leader Caeser (Andy Serkis) leading his army in the forest. Set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes centers on the growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar who become threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
Here’s Collider’s description of the footage Reeves & co. unveiled at Comic-Con yesterday:
“The fairly short reel of footage focused mostly on the humans, as we were treated to shots of the post-apocalyptic society while Gary Oldman’s character made a sort of rallying speech. The footage gave me a strong The Road vibe, as the human society has devolved into chaos. There’s a great deal of intensity brewing, and we saw some fleeting images of Oldman firing a gun, structures overrun with grass, and Clarke’s character hiding behind a wall. Oldman mentioned in his speech that the humans spent four years fighting the virus and another four years fighting each other, and it has clearly taken its toll on the society.
The final shot of the footage opened close on the eyes of a fully-rendered Caesar sporting a bit of white war paint on his face and chest, and it slowly pulled back to reveal Caesar flanked by a number of other apes, with Caesar holding a staff in his hand and signaling for the other apes to hold. His face is intense, and as he drops his hand to signal a “charge,” the footage cut to black and revealed the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes logo.”
Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, Jocko Sims, and Judy Greer also star. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled to hit theaters July 18, 2014.