With only four months until Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, Empireonline.com has posted a new behind-the-scenes from the upcoming sequel. It shows off actor Toby Kebbell, who plays the ape Koba, with two cameramen capturing the scene. Koba is Caesar’s right-hand man, er, ape, and it seems he’ll play a bigger role in Dawn. The scene looks to take place at the apes’ hideout in the Muir Forest outside of San Francisco. The city’s legendary Golden Gate Bridge serves as the dividing point between the human population and the apes.
‘It’s an ape civilisation movie,’ Reeves exclusively told Empire. ‘It’s a world you haven’t seen before, which is all about: what would these intelligent apes do if they returned to the wild and tried to create a place for their family… and then grow?’
Empire also included a new plot synopsis for the film, which sheds some light on the time period and the conflict at its core:
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Director Matt Reeves is currently in post-production to get the movie ready for its summer release date. Twentieth Century Fox has already re-hired Reeves to direct the untitled third film in the revived Planet of the Apes series, which is slated for release in July 2016.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place 10 years after the events of Rise, in the year 2026. The film’s structure will feature two storylines: one involving a small group of human survivalists trying to find a cure, and the other focusing on Caesar’s dominance over the apes. It’s believed the two storylines will come together for an explosive climax.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nick Thurston, Toby Kebbell, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis as Caesar. Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) and screenwriter Mark Bomback (The Wolverine) rewrote Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver’s original script. Jaffa and Silver also wrote the screenplay for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters everywhere on July 11, 2014, in 3D.