Keri Russell Teases ‘Beautiful,’ ‘Big’ And ‘Epic’ ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Hopes are high for Matt Reeves’ “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Its predecessor was a rare exception to the typical, emotionally deaf summer blockbuster that we often sit through, and now people expect the same when Andy Serkis returns as Caesar with Jason Clarke as his new main point of human contact.

They’re also joined by Keri Russell, who recently stopped by MTV News to talk about her movie “Austenland” and her work on in the ape-ruled future.

“I think it’s going to be really great,” she told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz. “I love the combination of Matt, such an imaginative and sensitive filmmaker, doing a big summer movie like this for Fox because it will really have a sense of story, which a lot of the big summer movies don’t follow too much. It will really have sentiment and emotion to it and intimacy. I think that is what Matt’s strength is.”

And if that wasn’t high enough praise for the sequel due out next year, Russell continued. “It’s beautiful and big and epic and I hope it works,” she said.

Russell recalled that her favorite part of working on the sequel as all of the time she spent in the woods with Serkis, because who wouldn’t like that?. “I loved all of the shooting in the Vancouver wild, these big, beautiful, mossy forests, where you do really feel like you’re in another time, and just working with Andy Serkis, who is incredible,” she said. “He’s so good at what he does.”

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens in theaters on July 18, 2014.