One of the biggest surprises from summer 2011 was the reboot prequel film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. No one would’ve guessed that the Planet of the Apes prequel was going to be as thoughtful and engaging as the film turned out to be. You really have to hand it to Andy Serkis for his amazing and mostly silent performance as Caesar, the first ape to gain consciousness. Production of its sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, began today, and the new film has some big shoes to fill if it hopes to be as good as its predecessor.
In addition to announcing the start of production on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century Fox also released the film’s official synopsis. It was previously reported that the new film would take place 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but as it turns out, the sequel will now take place 10 years afterwards instead. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will feature Andy Serkis reprising his role as the aware ape Caesar, and will star Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Judy Greer as Caesar’s ape love interest, Cornelia. Dawn will also see the additions of Toby Kebbell, Enrique Murciano, and Kirk Acevedo to its cast. Unfortunately, James Franco will not return to reprise his role as Dr. William Rodman from Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Matt Reeves will direct the sequel film, replacing Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. Screenwriters Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, who also wrote the script for first film, returned to script Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters everywhere on May 21, 2014.