When the Franco goes away, the apes come out to play.
The first new trailer for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has landed, and it's a doozy. Gone are the James Franco-starring days of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." It's a new dawn with new humans, new conflicts and a new focus. But it's still an ape-studded circus — and there's still plenty of Serkis.
The trailer begins with a haunting look at a world without humanity — or, at least, a world with humanity on the ropes. A man (played by Gary Oldman) gives a speech to a gathered crowd, reminding them of all the hardships they've suffered in the years since a virus destroyed civilization as we know it.
"We've been through Hell together," he says. "We spent four years, four years, fighting that virus, and then another four fighting each other. It was chaos. But you all know what we're up against."
Indeed, we do know what mankind is up against: an army of super-smart apes, led by the main monkey himself. Near the trailer's conclusion, we see Caesar standing at the head of his pack, warpaint on his face, his arm raised in a manner that all but speaks the words, "Hold steady. Wait for my order."
"I want you to know, it's not just about power," Oldman's character continues. "It's about giving us the hope to rebuild and reclaim the world we lost."
At that, the order is given. Caesar drops his hand, signaling his apes to move forward. The results of that action will have to wait until "Dawn" arrives next summer.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer, Toby Kebbell and Andy Serkis as Caesar. Directed by "Cloverfield" and "Let Me In" filmmaker Matt Reeves, "Dawn" swings into theaters next year on July 11.
What do you make of the first "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" trailer? Was there enough Caesar action for you? Let us know in the comments section below!