Like any good general, Caesar of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is always ready for war. He led the primate revolution in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and it looks like he’s ready for yet another conflict in the sequel.
At Comic-Con International, Fox and director Matt Reeves showed off a clip from the film, which ended with Caesar ready to rumble. That’s the image seen above. Reeves recently talked to Collider about the character, giving some updates on his development since the first film.
“Caesar talks at the end of [Rise of the Planet of the Apes], he has some level of speech,” Reeves said. “I wanted to make sure we’re continuing to go along the path of evolution without missing it, it was so delicious to watch in the first movie. It’s not like now they are talking in verse. Hopefully the movie is emotional and thrilling as you watch the apes come into being. The ape civilization is in the woods, between Vancouver and New Orleans, the world after what happens with the simian virus flu. The two main locales are San Francisco and the Muir Woods where the ape civilization is born. We’ll be doing a little shooting in San Francisco as well. A lot of the Louisiana shooting was to build huge wood sets outside in the woods to add realism, enormous exterior streets. We’re shooting in the rain, in the wind, all on location out in the open in the elements.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film opens July 18, 2014.