New threat revealed in latest Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo

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Mar 28, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT (Updated)

A behind-the-scenes photo published today clearly shows that the remains of the human race face a new danger in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Possible spoilers ahead, folks.

Empire magazine has posted a new picture today of five actors in motion-capture suits, led by Toby Kebbell as Koba, on the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. All of them are obviously playing members of Caesar's (Andy Serkis) new ape army. But the big surprise? They're all brandishing weapons. As in automatic rifles.

We've already seen a photo of Caesar on horseback (and there's a new one of that as well), but apes using guns means that the simian civilization is advancing rapidly and the human survivors face a more grave threat than perhaps they first realized. 

Here's what Serkis said about the film: 

"This is now a community of about 2,000 apes. For the first eight years (after the humanity-devastating virus), the apes were looking down from Muir Woods to San Francisco and could see lights and fires, but now it's gone very quiet. Until this day in our film when this small band of humans comes up. That's suddenly a huge, dividing moment in the lives of these apes. There are some particularly strong reactions to the humans and that's the course of the story."

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the most successful reboots in recent history, and I have to say that my excitement level for Dawn is building. Apes with guns! Can a full-on war be far behind? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on July 17.

(via Latino Review)

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