Caesar leads the charge in 1st Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer

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Dec 18, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

The apes have returned, and this time they just might have the advantage.

A decade after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, humanity is in shambles, having been ravaged first by a virus and then by a war. The survivors, including Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) and Malcolm (Jason Clarke), have no choice but to attempt to keep the peace with the band of evolved apes that have developed a civilization all their own under the leadership of Caesar (Andy Serkis). The humans are desperate, and the apes might not be willing to listen to reason.

Alas, the first trailer for the film, directed by Cloverfield and Let Me In's Matt Reeves, gives us precious little in the way of clues as to how this will all shake out. It does, however, give us plenty of evocative imagery to get excited about. As Oldman makes a speech pleading for peace and reason, Clarke journeys through the ruins of human civlization and into the forest, where Caesar and company have built their own highly fortified home. Then we see Caesar, in war paint, and with a simple gesture he perhaps tells us all we need to know.

Check out the trailer below. 

What do you think? Rise of the Planet of the Apes was among the more pleasant surprises of 2011. Will this film live up to its predecessor?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Judy Greer. It hits theaters July 11, 2014. 

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