The first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released Wednesday and promises an action-filled sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up roughly ten years after the first film, when the virus that was created made its way around the world and Caesar led a band of genetically enhanced chimps into the wild.

“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species,” reads the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes synopsis.

Rise of Planet of the Apes stared James Franco as Caesar’s adoptive father of sorts, Will Rodman, but none of the actors are back for the sequel except for Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar using the same technology that abled him to portray Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films.

Based on the trailer, it looks like Jason Clarke, who stared in last year’s Zero Dark Thirty, will take over as leading man alongside Gary Oldman, Judy Greer and Keri Russell. Clarke, Serkis and Russell, accompanied by director Matt Reeves all appeared at Comic-Con in San Diego over the summer to premiere the first footage from the film.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released in theaters July 11, 2014.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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