As the year winds down, we’re looking forward to some of the most anticipated science fiction movies of 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should be a nice follow-up to 2011’s surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. With a new director in Matt Reeves, Dawn is expected to branch off from what director Rupert Wyatt built with Rise. Although Reeves has been very secretive with Dawn, it’s believed that audiences will soon get a chance to watch some footage from the sequel film.
As reported on ComingSoon, the first teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is finished and is expected to screen in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which hits theaters everywhere on December 13. While this isn’t the first time audiences will see footage from the new Apes film, it will be the first time to see how the new director establishes tone in Dawn. In an interview, Matt Reeves said he wanted Dawn to work on an emotional level as well as Rise did in 2011. He also hopes that Dawn will be “emotional and thrilling as you watch the apes come into being.”
A few months ago, Matt Reeves screened some footage of Dawn at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The footage featured members of the dwindling human population demanding a meeting with a war painted Caesar, leader of the evolved intelligent apes. While the footage was brief, it gave the Hall H crowd a good look at an aged Caesar and the CGI technology that will be featured in the sequel film.
Meanwhile, the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is also expected to screen in front of the second part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight Rises follows “A group of explorers making use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.” Interstellar will hit theaters everywhere on November 7, 2014, in IMAX. With the first trailers for Interstellar and (hopefully) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes attached to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, now you’ve got two more reason sto watch the new Hobbit film.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place eight years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The mysterious Simian Flu virus has wiped out a majority of the human population, while the ape population continues to evolve rapidly. The film’s structure will feature two storylines: one following a small group of human survivalists trying to find a cure, while the other will focus 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 will star 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 script. Jaffa and Silver also wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ original screenplay.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters everywhere on July 18, 2014, in 3D.