Set a decade on from the events in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), Dawn finds Caesar and his hairy cohorts holed up in the Ape Village, distant from human survivors of the viral plague. Now they are trying to establish a new community for themselves. The apes continue to evolve and grow, developing a rudimentary language – check out the written meta reference to a familiar series maxim that Ape Shall Not Kill Ape – and new skills.
But then they encounter a group of humans, including Man-of-the-moment Jason Clarke's (Public Enemies) Malcolm and Keri Russell's (Dark Skies) Ellie, and the touch paper is lit for a potential conflict. Tensions aren't helped by Gary Oldman's (Dark Knight Rises) Dreyfuss, a staunch advocate for human survival who is none too pleased about peace overtures to the simians. Tempers flare on both sides as Caesar attempts to keep the peace, still connected to the human race thanks to the kindness he was shown when he was young.
Serkis is also joined by Toby Kebbell (War Horse), Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Kirk Acevedo (Invincible), Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club) and ape movement coach Terry Notary (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will be out on 17 July.