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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Director Matt Reeves
Production Company 20th Century Fox
Writers Amanda Silver,
Rick Jaffa,
Scott Z. Burns,
Mark Bomback
Released July 11, 2014
MPAA Rating
Continuity Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the upcoming sequel to the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It will star Andy Serkis, who is returning as Caesar, the chimpanzee revolutionary, stuntman Terry Notary will return to reprise his role as Caesar's hairless chimp best friend, Rocket. while Karin Konoval will return as Caesar's trusted orangutan best friend Maurice. The film will also feature Judy Greer who will play Caesar's wife, Cornelia. The film will also star Nick Thurston who joins the cast as Caesar and Cornelia's teenage son River. While Toby Kebbell joins the cast as Caesar's rival Koba, Replacing Christopher Gordon in the role. The film will also star Keri Russell, Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the human family which Caesar encounters while Gary Oldman joins the cast as Dreyfus, the human antagonist.


10 years from now[1], Caesar tries to maintain dominance over a growing nation of genetically evolved apes who are threatened by a band of humans in San Francisco, survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade and a half 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 Earth's dominant species.


To be added upon film's release...

Cast and CrewEdit

Primary CastEdit


  • Andy Serkis as Caesar, leader of the apes and king of the Ape colony, Cornelia's husband and the father of two sons
  • Judy Greer as Cornelia, Caesar's wife, queen of the ape colony and the mother of two sons
  • Toby Kebbell as Koba, Caesar's advisor and potential rival. Kebbell will also play a human in the film. See "Humans".
  • Karin Konoval as Maurice, Caesar's best friend, a teacher and the colony's wise seer
  • Terry Notary as Rocket, Caesar's second best friend, right-hand ape and former rival
  • Nick Thurston as River, Caesar and Cornelia's teenage son, prince of the ape colony and the older brother of his parents' newborn son
  • Doc Shaw as Ash, a new ape, current role unknown
  • TBA as Infant Child, the younger brother of River and the youngest son of Caesar and Cornelia
  • Lee Ross as Grey, a new ape, current role unknown


Currently UnknownEdit

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Filming LocationsEdit

  • Campbell River, North Vancouver Island
  • New Orleans

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Behind the ScenesEdit

Premiere PhotosEdit

Early Publicity Images from San Diego Comic Con '13Edit

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Behind the ScenesEdit

Film DevelopmentEdit

Very soon after the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, speculation began on a potential sequel. Director Rupert Wyatt had many ideas already: "Caesar is a revolutionary figure who will be talked about by his fellow apes for centuries... This is just the first step in the evolution of the apes, and there's a lot more stories to tell after this. I imagine the next film will be about the all-out war between the apes and humans".[2] "You could start this story again eight years from where we left off, the next generation of apes, those that have come from our protagonists, perhaps going in to a conflict with humans and showing real fear, in the same way as going into war for young soldiers in this day and age, telling their story. Or how apes are taking over cities, and being moved into human environments and having to interact with them and deal with things that are part of our culture and understand and evolve through them."[3] "The great thing is you can have the next generation of apes who have grown up within the paradise they find [at the end of the first film]. You can have a new generation evolve who have inherited the genes, and they're the ones that are going into battle; they are the ones displaying real fear as young soldiers when they're going into battle. Think 'Full Metal Jacket'... that kind of urban environment not dissimilar to Western forces going into Baghdad. Remember when the soldiers were finding gold telephones in Hussein's home? It would be the same way that the apes would understand our species through what we've created - whether it be TV or cooking or whatever it may be." "There's so much we can do. Whereas the story of the first film plays out as a fairy tale, the next film will play out as a Shakespearean sci-fi drama where you'll have Caesar as the leader of this revolution, but Koba would be the one leading his own troops wanting to wipe out humans in a genocide. But Caesar is more conflicted, and maybe Caesar needs Koba's assistance in terms of the conflict. And Maurice is his advisor and he's telling him to combine forces. Caesar needs the allegiance of the two, although he doesn't believe in what Koba believes in, which is complete genocide." "You could always portray the human face through that of a resistance leader or the guy who is trying to find a cure for the virus [that's killing humans]. Maybe it's a little bit like 12 Monkeys, where every human has gone underground to avoid the virus, and when they come up to the surface they're wearing gas masks. In a way, that would de-humanize them and would make us really follow the apes. That's what interests me. This shouldn't be apes as our enemy, this should be about the idea of a whole new civilization coming into being. With the beauty of modern cinema, we, the audience, have an opportunity to witness that."[4]

In April 2012, Fox's Tom Rothman announced that Rupert Wyatt and Andy Serkis were committed to a sequel, which "will be a summer '14 movie." "We've got to have a great script. Because now, having made that good a movie, we better make the next one better." "I think one of the big questions they're wrestling with now, which is kind of the fun, is how far forward do we skip? When does it start? Does it start the next day? The next year? Does it start in 10 years? Does it start in 50 years?" [5] In May 2012, Scott Z. Burns (writer of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion) took over from Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa as scriptwriter for the sequel.[6] Soon after, it was announced that the sequel would be titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with a provisional release date of 23 May 2014,[7] but by October Matt Reeves (Let Me In) had replaced Wyatt as director of the project, using the existing script by Silver and Jaffa. Later in October, Mark Bomback was hired to rework the script, having already done some uncredited work on Silver and Jaffa’s script for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.[8][9][10]

At the end of 2012, James Franco revealed, "I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like Tom Rothman, who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert's not a part of it so I don't know. My guess is I won't be in it. Nobody's talked to me since Rupert left".[11] February and March brought news that the cast would include Gary Oldman as human leader Dreyfus, Judy Greer (13 Going On 30) as Cornelia, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Kodi Smit-McPhee and Keri Russell (Matt Reeves' and J. J. Abrams' Felicity and Abrams' Mission: Impossible 3). The plot would take place 15 years after "Rise" and deal with two groups: "One focus is on the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Another aspect of the story is the struggle of intelligent ape maintain dominance over his kingdom".[12]


The first quarter of shooting was scheduled to begin on April 2nd 2013 at the Campbell River area on North Vancouver Island - chosen for its similarity to the locations depicted in the film, the forests, and the variety of landscapes - before moving to New Orleans from May 1st to July 14th.[13]


  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be novelized in June 2014 by author Alex Irvine. It will also have an official movie prequel written by Greg Keyes. This was mistaken as Dawn's prequel film Rise. The Prequel Novel will be out on the 27th May, 2014 with the eBook edition to be released June 3rd and the film's novelization will follow in July of the same, prior to the film's release. There will also be a book released on the concept art released for both Dawn and Rise.
  • Due to Paul Walker's death during the production of Fast and Furious 7, Dawn's release date has been pushed forward to July 11 to fill the absence release space.
  • James Franco's character Will will make a cameo in the film despite having died during the virus outbreak. Footage from Rise is to be used in some way as a flashback of sorts to give closure to Caesar to his adoptive father's death. Please note: James Franco had no involvement in the film and had no knowledge of the cameo so it can assumed that the cameo will be uncredited.

External LinksEdit


  2. Sci Fi Magazine (August 2011)
  3. Rupert Wyatt Discusses Sequel Possibilities!, by Nordling - 'Ain't It Cool' News (August 8, 2011)
  4. Director Rupert Wyatt on the Film, Its Themes & The Sequel, by Ed Gross - (August 5, 2011)
  5. Planet Of The Apes Sequel Rising In Summer 2014, by Eric Ditzian and Josh Horowitz - MTV News (April 27 2012)
  6. 'Contagion' Writer Tapped to Pen 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' sequel, by Borys Kit - The Hollywood Reporter (May 15 2012)
  7. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Sequel Gets Title, 2014 Release Date, by Sean O'Connell - Cinema Blend (May 31 2012)
  8. Scott Z. Burns to write 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Sequel, by Matt Currie - (May 15th, 2012)
  9. Matt Reeves to direct 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' , by Adam Chitwood - (October 1st, 2012)
  10. The Wolverine scribe Mark Bomback to rewrite 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' , by Adam Chitwood - (October 18th, 2012)
  11. James Franco Reveals Untold Story Behind Lindsay Lohan R.E.M. Video, by Josh Horowitz - MTV (December 17 2012)
  12. Jason Clarke to Star in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' , by Borys Kit - 'The Hollywood Reporter' (19 February 2013)
  13. Campbell River gets ready for ape invasion, by CTV News (March 20, 2013)
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