20th Century Fox has been very tight on details about their upcoming Planet of the Apes sequel. We know that the film will pick up about a decade after 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where Caesar (Andy Serkis) is leading a growing nation of genetically evolved apes and few humans are left, but not much else has been said. Gary Oldman recently sat down with MTV and spilled a bunch of details about his character and the movie overall.

In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Oldman will play Dreyfus, whom he revealed is the “sort of designated leader [of] this community of those that were lucky enough to survive the simian flu, the disease, and then the ensuing social uprising from it.” He also gave some of background details about his character, saying:

“[Dreyfus] was a police officer, so he’s more of the kind of elected leader of this (group)…He’s experienced a great loss, personally, and there’s only one answer for him and that’s to wipe [the apes] out. I see him as a sort of the hero of the piece.”

Oldman also gave some potential plot spoilers. He said that the group of survivors “need power and there’s a power station and some of [his] people go out to see if it’s operational, if it’s still out there, and then they discover that there’s a whole community of apes living there. [They] believed they were all completely fire-bombed and wiped out.”

Oldman also spoke about director Matt Reeves, and the direction he wanted to take with this sequel. His goal was to explore the human dynamic of the film before anything else.

“Matt Reeves was more interested in not just keeping the franchise alive but he wanted to make it more of a human story, he wanted to explore what had happened and keep it more focused to the human side of it before the story becomes the Planet of the Apes as we know it from the first one, from the original.”

The Apes sequel also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer, and hits theaters July 11.

What do you think? Does this make you more excited to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

[via /Film]