Heard out of context, horseback-riding apes might sound more like a punch line than a headline. But, if you don’t believe me, check out this new image of Andy Serkis (motion cap actor behind Caesar) below!
In this sequel, I really hope the creative team will bring us up to speed since the climactic end of the first film. How much have the apes evolved? How has their society grown? How have their cognitive abilities developed? The magic behind the surprise success of ROTPOTA was being able to observe Caesar’s growth from infant to ape with never-before-seen genetic pre-dispositions. We watched and shared the feelings of pride and amazement that James Franco’s character felt. The conflict he felt at the end of the Golden Gate Bridge battle was a great set-up for this sequel. The key to mirroring that same success is to create a moral conflict, forcing audiences to feel equal parts sympathy and conflict with the apes and their motives.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Judy Greer; Greer will play a potential motion-captured love interest for Serkis’ Caesar. It’s set for a May 23rd, 2014 release date.
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) tweeted the following picture with the caption: “A New Dawn…”
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.