Okay, so yeah, no real apes are featured. All you’re really seeing are a bunch of actors in mo-cap suits. But! One of those actors in Andy Serkis, who’ll be reprising his role of Caesar in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And, he’s on a horse. A what? A HORSE! Guys, we’ve got apes on horses coming our way!
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The image was shared via director Matt Reeves‘ Twitter and as you can signals we’re in for a very different world in Dawn. And it’s also got me wondering, how awkward these apes will appear on horses? Hopefully the animators have a plan to straighten that out.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will star Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, and Judy Greer.
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.
What has this picture got you thinking? I mean, come on, apes on horses is pretty damn cool.
Principle filming has begun on Matt Reeves’ Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The Daily Mailhas brought us the first on set pictures of the cast and crew filming in a forest just outside Vancouver, Canada. Andy Serkis and movement guru Terry Notary are in their trademark dotty body suits with a group of other apes to be. There’s also Keri Russell, Jason Clark, Kirk Acevedo and some other humans who are actually playing human beings.
Serkis is reprising the lead role of Caesar, and one would assume that Notary will be playing Rocket again. Although adversaries through most of the first film, the movies end found them teaming up to escape. This new found friendship will most likely be short lived though, it’s expected that we’ll see trouble in the land of apes as they rise in power.
The big question is will the other apes begin talking by now? I am expecting, and hoping that we’ll get some version of the classic “Ape shall not kill Ape.” law and subsequent breaking of that law. That was a powerful story line and scene in the original series of movies.
A group of scientists in San Francisco struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that is wiping out humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.
Two new trailers here for you, one for Rise of the Planet of the Apes which might show more of the film than you’d like, the second is a kick-ass Japanese trailer for robo-fighting movie, Real Steal.
This trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes from the UK, which is why there’s a confusing August 12th release date at the end, I promise it releases in the US on the 5th. It features a lot of new footage, some would say too much. If you were already sure you’d be checking out Rise then I’d say skip it. There isn’t anything too spoilery but it does give away quite a bit of the set-up.
Rise stars James Franco as the scientist who in a way creates the first smart ape, Caesar. Caesar is going to be the real star of this movie, you just know it. He looks incredible, very real, very believable. And from what we see in this trailer the emotion Andy Serkis and WETA wizards are capable of getting across is unbelievable. I’m expecting this movie to really make us humans look and feel like complete shit. Which in some cases, many involving the treatment of animals, we should feel like shit. I don’t understand how you can’t feel compassion for other living creature but really how you won’t be able to feel for the incredible WETA apes in this movie, I don’t know. You’d have to be some heartless asswipe. Check out the trailer below and give us your thoughts. Think this film will make you scream ‘Ape Power!’