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Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t a sure thing when it hit theaters in the summer of 2011, it followed a disastrous rebooting of the Planet of the Apes franchise, starred James Franco, and was directed by a relative novice. No one knew for sure if it would work. But not only was it a hit film, but it also satisfied POTA fans and regular moviegoers alike. Now there’s two new trailer for its sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and it looks to be amazing as well.

This time there’s a new human cast that includes Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, and Keri Russell, while the apes are still being led by Andy Serkis‘ Caesar, who may not be able to come back for the third film now that he’s been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. Here’s the new American trailer for the film:

On top of which, here’s the new international trailer which offers slightly different bits:

As a huge fan of the franchise, I’m blown away by what’s on display here. In the original franchise the fifth film, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, covered similar terrain, but considering that film had a budget roughly equivalent to a college beer run, it is easily the most disappointing entry in the original series. But this looks to cover similar material but with all the resources that comes with making a tentpole product, while not losing the edge of the material. As much as it’s arguably about race, it all goes back to what Charlton Heston said at the end of the first film: Humans did this to ourselves. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters July 11.

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