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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' trailer premieres and becomes an Internet hit

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On Dec. 18, 2013, 20th Century Fox premiered the first official trailer for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." The trailer has become an online sensation, racking up more than 6 million views on YouTube in its first day.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (directed by Matt Reeves) arrives in U.S./Canadian cinemas on July 18, 2014 and in other countries on July 11, 2014. The movie is a continuation of the story that began with 2011's' "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," with ape leader Caesar the center of the story. The cast of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" includes Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar through performance-capture visual effects), Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, Karin Konoval and Judy Greer.

Here is 20th Century Fox's description of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes": "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."

At a Comic-Con International press conference for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in 2013, this is what Serkis had to say about how Caesar has evolved in the movie: "Because of the way that Caesar was brought into the world, brought up by human beings, for me he was always an outsider. There’s a sense of not knowing who he was; he was brought up like you and me, and he believed himself in many ways to be a human being with our attributes. He learns human belief systems, and Will [played by James Franco] he believed to be a good man. I’ll never forget reading the script for the first time and seeing the arc of that character, the trajectory of that character and what an amazing character he is … and it’s an ape.

"Take that away, and he’s still an amazing character. Here’s this creature who was going through all these recognizable human emotions of being an outsider and then finding his people. So now, going through to this next stage, it’s very much about Caesar having become a leader and throwing away everything that he has grown up with as a human being. So in a sense he’s finding his way by galvanizing this group of orangutans and chimps and gorillas two-thousand strong. He’s also a father to a teenage son, he also has an infant child, he has a wife, he has a council, he has a very, very big community he’s responsible for, for their survival. And then he has the choice of reaction to human beings who, still, in a sense, deep down, he wants to be able to communicate with.

"One of the things that, last time around, is that they didn’t speak, so it’s a very pure and innocent way of experiencing what their thoughts and feelings were in this last movie. This time around, there’s an evolution; there’s an evolution in linguistics. I’ve found this to be one of the biggest challenges: how Caesar is spiritually, philosophically, how he is, how he commands, how he responds on a personal level.

"So we worked in great detail in terms of creating that level of sophistication versus finding language, so through the sign language that he was taught, then also human words he’s beginning to use. All the other apes are beginning to use gesture and vocalizations. And, of course, the younger apes have been brought up in human society and learn to speak even better and faster than their parents, because that’s what happens. It’s a very rich and complex world that Caesar exists in and he’s under huge pressure as the movie goes on."


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