Humans face Caesar in first Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip

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Jun 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT (Updated)

The first clip from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is here, and it's a tense standoff between humans and apes.

The release of director Matt Reeves' much-anticipated follow-up to the surprising Rise of the Planet of the Apes is now less than a month away, and it's got all the makings of another powerful installment in a franchise that many fans didn't think could be revived at first. We've seen several thrilling trailers for the flick, and now we've got our first clip.

The footage below expands on a brief encounter first seen in the trailers, when a group of humans led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke) comes across a group of apes in the woods. Guns are drawn, apes surround the humans, and for a moment it seems like a bloody encounter is about to ensue. Then Caesar (Andy Serkis), the leader of the apes who engineered their escape from San Francisco in Rise, appears and makes a decision. It's a powerful moment, and will likely only serve to get you even more impatient to see the flick. 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 Earth¹s dominant species. 

Check out the clip below.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 11. 

(Via Comic Book Movie)