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Trailer: Humans and Apes Prepare For War in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which starred James Franco as the scientist who inadvertently caused the downfall of civilization.

Franco won’t appear in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but Andy Serkis does return to reprise his role of Caesar, the genetically enhanced chimpanzee who becomes king of the apes and leads them into battle with the humans.

The trailer shows that humanity is on the brink of collapse, as evidenced by a rundown city, and both sides are gearing up for war – although they’re also desperately attempting to reach a peaceful resolution. The cast includes Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke, all of whom appear in the trailer below.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will open in theaters on July 11th, 2014.