4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
What? The highly lauded 2011 hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” gets a sequel this year. And with the sequel comes a whole new cast and whole lot more talking apes. Time has passed since “Rise” and the freed apes are evolving to be much like Caesar. They are taking over their own territory and soon find themselves threatened by a band of human survivors after the ravaging they took from a deadly virus a decade ago. Though, they reach peace, bonds are broken and an intense war breaks out between humans and apes.
Who? The film is directed by Matt Reeves (last seen directing the “Let The Right One In” remake, “Let Me In”.) Andy Serkis (Caesar) seems to be the only cast members returning for this one. Though, James Franco can be seen in archive footage in the trailer. Replacing James Franco as the big namr star is Gary Oldman. Supplementing the human side will see a cast consisting of Jason Clarke, Kerri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, while on the ape side Judy Greer and Toby Kebbell join the cast.
When and Where? “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will be going ape in theaters nationwide on July 11th.