Thursday, May 08, 2014

Watch the Full Trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

It's been nearly five months since Fox dropped the teaser for their upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opens July 11, and while that assemblage did its job of getting our feet wet, this new one drops us into the deep end, giving us a clear sense of the plot, performances, and scope of this follow-up to 2011's successful reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Though the previous film's James Franco only has a cameo here, this one stars Jason Clark, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, with Andy Serkis once again playing chimp leader Caesar.

I really dig the zombie apocalypse-esque setup (right down to actor Kirk Acevedo as apparently the exact same guy he played on The Walking Dead this past season). Interestingly, Dawn marks the first actual Planet of the Apes sequel in more than thirty years. Yeah, they've had a remake and a reboot since then, but the last honest-to-goodness sequels was 1973's Battle for the Planet of the Apes (the finale of that first Apes cycle), which is appropriate enough, given that's the one Dawn is most clearly tied to thematically. I'm excited, but then you knew that already.

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