Judging from the 2001 Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes, moviegoers would have been justified in assuming the classic sci-fi series was truly dead.
The 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then, was a huge surprise. That movie, led by James Franco and a CGI ape played by Andy Serkis, won praise from critics and fans alike for its more in-depth storytelling.
Rise was successful enough that it has spawned a sequel titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequel will take place more than one decade on from the events of Rise, at a time when the apes are beginning to organize themselves and humans are struggling to survive from a viral epidemic.
Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Caesar and will be joined by Judy Greer, who plays an ape named Cornelia. A few of the humans that are left in the world will be played by Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke.
After teasing fans yesterday, Fox today has released the first official trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The trailer teases that apes and humans will come to blows over the Earth, though little doubt can be had as to how the conflict will end.