Three behind-the-scenes photos from the highly anticipated upcoming sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" have gone online as a new reel of footage from the film has thrilled audiences at this year's CinemaCon.
The story picks up a decade after 'Rise' with the global human population has been substantially reduced due to the Simian Flu. Meanwhile, Caesar and his fellow ape sanctuary escapees have spent the past decade expanding to a community of about 2,000 apes on the outskirts of San Francisco.
The sequel is said to be 'more of a human story' with the conflict shown primarily from the humans' perspective. Actor Andy Serkis tells Empire:
"For the first eight years [after the humanity-devastating virus], the apes were looking down from Muir Woods to San Francisco and could see lights and fires, but now it's gone very quiet.
Until this day in our film when this small band of humans comes up. That's suddenly a huge, dividing moment in the lives of these apes. There are some particularly strong reactions to the humans and that’s the course of the story."
The CinemaCon footage showed Caesar speaking to his fellow apes with words such as 'family,' 'future' and 'apes together strong'. Gary Oldman's character is a human community head and anti-ape hardliner. Jason Clarke and Keri Russell's characters are sympathetic to the apes and the idea of peaceful co-existence.
There's a key scene where a comical bit with an ape, two men and a bottle of booze turns deadly when the ape grabs a gun and shoots one of them.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" hits cinemas July 11th.