With production starting for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves has tweeted an image of the Vancouver, British Columbia location. The image shows actor Andy Serkis on horseback in full motion-capture gear as the apes’ leader, Caesar. Of course, this is a direct reference to the opening of the original Planet of the Apes from 1968.
Also featured in the image is actor Jason Clarke, and in the background Keri Russell. Caesar confronts them and another motion-captured ape in the forests of Vancouver. Twentieth Century Fox also recently released the film’s official synopsis, and the image tweeted by Reeves is just a taste of the ensuing war between man and ape.
This isn’t the first time a director has used social media to commemorate the start of principal photography in recent months. Director Gareth Edwards uploaded a short video to YouTube to announce the first shot of the upcoming Godzilla reboot.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place 10 years after the events of the first film and will follow two intersecting storylines: one story involving a small band of human survivors trying to re-establish their dominance as a species, and the other involving Caesar trying to maintain leadership among the growing population of evolving apes. The sequel will also feature actors Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Judy Greer as Caesar’s ape love interest, Cornelia.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters everywhere on May 21, 2014. Twentieth Century Fox also released the sequel film’s new logo. Take a look at it below. It looks very familiar…