Ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, mankind is on the brink. Four years of a deadly virus, followed by several years of civil war, have left our species on the verge of extinction. Thus, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes feels almost like The Walking Dead for a small band of survivors led by Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. But when they wander into the woods, the group doesn’t encounter zombies — they discover a nascent ape society living in peace.
In the new trailer for the sequel, we finally get to see what Caesar has built in the forest — and what he’s willing to do to protect his growing family. Clarke plays the Good Human, who thinks that apes and people can co-exist and help each other during these dire times. Gary Oldman, on the other hand, blames the apes for the plague and has lethal weapons at his disposal if a war breaks out. You know where this is heading. Visit the Statue of Liberty while you still can.
Watch the new trailer below, which will have you rooting for the apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arrives on July 11.