Twentieth Century Fox has released the first television spot for the highly anticipated sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. The brand new TV spot for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes aired during the season finale to AMC’s massively popular The Walking Dead. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 11th.
The eagerly awaited sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will continue the story of the genetically evolved ape leader Caesar played by Andy Serkis. The science fiction sequel is directed by Matt Reeves and features an all-new cast with Serkis being the only returning member. The film picks up a decade after the events of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes as humanity has almost been entirely wiped off the face of the earth due to a horrific and devastating virus. A band of human survivors share a fragile truce with the growing population of highly intelligent apes led by Caesar. Tension soon begins to rise between the two sides as the inevitable war to decide the planet’s true dominant species draws near. Joining the fight for the humans includes The Dark Knight Trilogy’s Gary Oldman, Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke as well as rising teen actor Kodi Smit-McPhee known for his appearances in Let Me In and The Road. Keri Russell, best known as the lead role in TV’s Felicity, and character actress Judy Greer are also set to appear in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has already debuted a trailer, the TV spot aired during The Walking Dead’s season finale is sure to be the first of many for the highly anticipated sequel.
Matt Reeves made his directorial debut with the 1994 anthology feature Future Shock co-directed by Eric Parkinson and Oley Sassone. Reeves solo directorial debut was The Pallbearer starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow. Matt Reeves would then go onto create the popular WB series Felicity with future Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams. In 2008, Reeves would release his biggest success to date with the found-footage monster feature film Cloverfield. Costing a reported twenty-five million, Cloverfield went onto gross over $170 million worldwide at the box office. Matt Reeves followed-up Cloverfield with the American remake of the Swedish horror film Let The Right One In. Released in 2010, Let Me In failed to generate much interest at the box office as Cloverfield but did score well with the critics and currently sits at 88% on the review site rottentomatoes.com
The first film in the recent relaunch, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, grossed over $480 million worldwide off a $93 million production budget. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt is currently wrapping up post-production on the Mark Wahlberg crime thriller entitled The Gambler. The new TV Spot for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes that aired during the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead has only increased the eager anticipation for the up-coming sequel.
By Benjamin Murray