First Look at ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ From The Set

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Ready to see how Caesar leads the ape rebellion against the human race? The sun will soon rise on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the official sequel to the incredibly successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

There are a few changes coming that you should know about.  This film was flipped on its head behind the scenes when 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman stepped down, causing a ripple effect of creative changes.  The cast of humans has been retooled, a new director has been brought in to replace Rupert Wyatt.  James Franco himself has stated that his character will most likely be written out of the story…

I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman]Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.

The new cast stars Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Kodi Smit-McPhee.  Andy Serkis returns to give another brilliant motion capture performance.  Judy Greer will play a potential motion-captured love interest for Serkis’ Caesar.

Dawn started filming only recently.  The story focuses on the status of Caesar’s new kingdom and what’s left of a small human colony in San Francisco fifteen years after the “revolt”.  Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) has been hired to continue Ceasar’s story from the director’s chair.

Check out the new set images below.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled for a May 23, 2014 release date.

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Source: Collider (photos) / ScreenRant (quote)

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