Keri Russell Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Plot

Keri Russell, star of the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes thriller from director Matt Reeves discusses the story being told in the film and the role her character plays among the remaining humans.

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By Mark Julian - 8/14/2013
Even if you haven't kept up to date on interviews, press releases and viral marketing, the plot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shouldn't be too surprising. A virus has broken out and it has decimated the human population to incredibly low numbers. Whether that same virus impacted Ceasar's followers or some other affliction kept their numbers equally low, according to Keri Russell, the numbers of both groups are so low each thinks the other side has died out. "I can tell you that it's 10 years after 'Rise' and basically, there's been this virus outbreak and there's very little of civilization alive. The apes that are left don't think there are any humans left and the humans left don't think there are any apes left. Through a set of circumstances, they meet up and it's really about can the two communities exist together. I play one of the existing humans in the colony and I have some medical skills, although it's not like I'm a big fancy doctor...I'm sort of Jason Clarke's girlfriend."

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"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.

Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line) and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30).

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In). The producers are Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Tom Hammel (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is executive producing."
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ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 4:37 PM
i loved the first one, it was my first planet of the apes film, i am worried about this one because the director is matt reeves and he made cloverfield and let me in , two movies i didnt care for, but i am optimistic, this is one of my most antipated films of next year.
Grayson7954 - 8/14/2013, 4:47 PM
@ezio cloverfield is considered a pretty okay film, and let me in, a remake of the swedish let the right one in, is considered very good, especially for a remake, and sucks that this was your first apes film, cause the original planet of the apes is friggen awesome and classic. not caring for good movies is your problem
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 4:52 PM
ok, thats other peoples opinion, i didnt care for them but if anyone else did, then thats cool, people can like what they like
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 4:53 PM
i really do wanna see the original one someday
Grayson7954 - 8/14/2013, 4:55 PM
netflix instant, its on there. bam.
bluedude - 8/14/2013, 4:55 PM
ezio the original planet of the apes is on netflix
Grayson7954 - 8/14/2013, 4:57 PM
see, bluman knows whats up^
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 4:58 PM
ok, thats for telling me, i will watch it as soon as possible, i need to give let me in another chance too
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 4:58 PM
sorry, i meant thanks for telling me
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 5:00 PM
i think i judged let me in unfairly because i was getting sick of vampires everywhere back then and i hate when i judge things unfairly without giving them a fair shot
MitchConner - 8/14/2013, 5:02 PM
First one was epic...it was a nice surprise...I'm hopeful on this one...but, unlike a lot of people on this site, I actually liked James Franco in the movie, and his hot Slum Dog girlfriend...kinda pissed that they are not coming back
MitchConner - 8/14/2013, 5:04 PM
@ezio...try it if you want...that's one of those movies where, if you didn't see it when you were 7, you won't enjoy it...I loved it as a kid, and it was already 15 or 20 years old, but as an adult, it's not very fun to watch compared to today's movies... It was good at the time though
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 5:06 PM
i like older movies, i am a big james bond fan so i am used to watching older films and enjoying them
MitchConner - 8/14/2013, 5:08 PM
Well it's good then...all of them are kind of political...especially those at the first
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 5:09 PM
Mitch connor-i liked james franco in that too and Freida Pinto is a beautiful woman
NovaCorpsFan - 8/14/2013, 5:11 PM
I love the original PotA movies and I'm 16. I prefer them, actually. Nevertheless, Rise was awesome, so stoked for this.
ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 5:14 PM
out of the people here, what are your most anticipated films of next year mine are
9, Robocop( im curious)
8, Interstellar
7,Transcendence
6,Godzilla
5,Dawn of the planet of the apes
4, x men days of future past
3,The amazing spider man 2
2,captain america : The Winter Soldier
1, Guardians of the Galaxy

ezio619 - 8/14/2013, 5:22 PM
wow, june next year looks to be not that good of a month, its got ninja turtles and transformers 4 coming out
TheSonGoku - 8/14/2013, 5:29 PM
The original PotA was awesome and Rise was awesome. This plot sounds really interesting and I want it to be awesome as well.
MarkJulian - 8/14/2013, 5:30 PM
@ezio619 Those two films might be the top earners of the summer. Bay just has that box office magic.
bluedude - 8/14/2013, 5:44 PM
Im curious what the turtles will look like
MightyZeus - 8/14/2013, 5:50 PM
Sounds good. I cant wait for it's released.

Especially after 'Rise'. That film was spectacular.
aztecRaingod - 8/14/2013, 5:55 PM
Should have had Franco in this.


I dont care what you think of him as an actor, its going to be lame when they just write him out of part 2.

He was actually arguably the main character of the 1st movie.
Oliver2ueen - 8/14/2013, 6:24 PM
Keri is a babe.
leXheX - 8/14/2013, 7:23 PM



^^^^^^^^^^
JUST 'CAUSE
MitchConner - 8/14/2013, 7:24 PM
@ezio....nice list...really psyched about the top 3....and GOTG! Eff yea!
MrCameron - 8/14/2013, 8:19 PM
Here's mine:

10. 22 Jump Street
9. Noah
8. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
7. Interstellar
6. Fast and Furious 7
5. Godzilla
4. X-Men: DoFP
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Honorable Mentions: TASM2, Transformers 4, TMNT
ImTheCaptainOfThisShip - 8/14/2013, 8:38 PM
Of course it was [frick]ing james franco who cause this in the first place :P
fettastic - 8/15/2013, 7:11 AM
HEY! Let's not chastise Ezio! He could be 12 years old for [frick]'s sake! It's not his fault his parents didn't introduce him to it.

It's too bad he won't get the "HOLY SHIT!" moment at the end though.
highflyer - 8/15/2013, 9:51 AM
I'm looking forward to this.
ezio619 - 8/15/2013, 4:21 PM
fettastic- i am 18 and going to college, i know the holy shit moment at the end and its really cool
Richardness - 8/15/2013, 5:59 PM
Still the best 5 seconds I've seen in years
WaltWoodpeckerWay - 8/15/2013, 10:10 PM
I'm only 15 and I love the original Planet of the Apes, all the sequels to it like Beneath the Planet of the Apes or Escape of the Planet of the Apes never even came close to how great the original is. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is really the first film in the franchise to come even close to the quality of the original hopefully the sequel delivers
RyKnow - 8/16/2013, 2:13 AM
@ NapoleonDynamite - That'd probably be my list for next year to a tee, but I'd include Transcendence too. Still, good selection man.

@ Ezio - It definitely is worth checking out the original Planet of the Apes. The effects are obviously dated now, but the story is still a blinder and easily surpasses a lot of the efforts to come out of the film industry in recent years. I actually preferred it as a stand alone film though and have disregarded the sequels and t.v. series.

"Get your stinking paws off me you damned dirty ape!!!" - George Taylor, Earth, 3978 A.D.

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