5 Things We Know So Far About 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

UPDATE: The new trailer is up and has been added to the beginning of this article.

The new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes drops Wednesday morning, but we already know a few things about the follow-up to surprise 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Here's a brief rundown of the details we have so far.

1. James Franco isn't in the movie.

"I was going to be a small part of the next one," he told MTV News a year ago. "There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. ... 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."

2. It takes place 10 years later.

Since Caesar led his army of apes across the Golden Gate Bridge into Muir Woods, the apes have evolved into a sort of community, and Caesar has a teenage son and, for lack of a better word, a wife. This is the first picture of his tribe of apes in the new movie.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

3. A virus has wiped out most of the humans.

Rise ended with a deadly virus making its way across the world. Since the first movie ended, that virus has wiped out a wide swath of humanity. The clash between men and apes has apparently continued through this near-extinction level event. Based on the first Instagram teaser for the movie, it seems some emissary from the remaining human civilization makes his way to the apes to "speak to Caesar."

4. You'll see another familiar face among the apes.

The terrifying and possibly psychotic bonobo Koba was the scariest thing about Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Well he's survived the last 10 years along with Caesar, and he'll be back in Dawn, and we're guessing he's going to be messing up some humans.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5. It is an expressed goal of this franchise to link it back up with the original 1968 movie.

Director Matt Reeves explained at Comic-Con over the summer that the entire time he was making Dawn, he was thinking of its place on the road to the original 1968 movie, The Planet of the Apes. The idea is that this franchise will, at some point, link directly up with that narrative. So does that mean Caesar and his ape tribe needs to make it to the East Coast nearer the crumbled remains of the Statue of Liberty?
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