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Andy Serkis talks Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes storyline

Andy Serkis has been talking about what we can expect from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes , outlining how the film picks up with the apes some ten years after the events of the first film.

"It sets up a world where you’re finally in a beautiful, utopian Garden of Eden," explains Serkis, "that is suddenly shattered in a violent and dramatic way."

"Caesar has galvanised all these tribes of apes, and it’s succeeding, it’s working," he continues. "The next generation is becoming educated; the design of their community reflects their intelligence."

"They are resourceful, they can build aqueducts, they have plentiful food supplies, they respect each other as different species: gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee can all speak equally and communicate equally. Until the arrival of human beings…”

As to the continuing popularity of the series, Serkis is convinced that the film's political message is one that continues to resonate with the release of each new film in the franchise.

"I think these films were always about civil rights," he says, "and I think that metaphor carries through and resonates with audiences worldwide. Why do you think the Apes franchise has endured so long?"

Directed by Matt Reeves and co-starring Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will open in the UK on 17 July 2014.

George Wales
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