A decade ago, apes and men separated on a bridge,
to take two different paths.
The apes followed theirs to freedom, but the path men took led to disease and war.
Now in the moments before dawn, the two paths are destined to collide once again.
TIME SINCE HUMAN AND APE CONTACT : 10 YEARS
CURRENT YEAR : 2026
APES TOGETHER STRONG
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
OUR WORLD IN RUINS
CLINGING TO POWER
Download the soundtrack now by Academy Award winning composer Michael Giacchino.
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.
Celebrated for his performance in 2011's Rise of the Apes, Andy Serkis reprises his role as Caesar, the heroic and highly intelligent ape that led his fellow apes to freedom in the last film. In Dawn, we discover that Caesar oversees a utopian kingdom of apes, having established a rich life for the simians in the years that followed their liberation. Now, a decade later, he finds himself grappling with the challenges of maintaining his benevolent leadership in the face of renewed interaction with humans.
Andy Serkis is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in a range of memorable roles. Serkis is reprising his role of Caesar, in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the follow-up to the blockbuster film from 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. His performance as Caesar received critical acclaim from both journalists and audiences around the world, earning him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Serkis gained legions of fans around the globe for his performance as Gollum in the Academy Award winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. Serkis won an Empire Award for his role in addition to sharing in several Outstanding Ensemble Cast Awards, including, a Screen Actors Guild Award®. Reuniting with Jackson, he played two roles in the director's epic retelling of King Kong, taking performance capture to another level as the title character of Kong and also appearing as Lumpy, the ship's cook. Serkis reprised his role of "Gollum" in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as well as tackling 2nd Unit directing duties on the film.
For director Steven Spielberg and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Peter Jackson, Serkis brought to life the iconic character of Captain Haddock in the film adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin.
In October of 2012, Serkis announced the acquisition of two projects that will be produced by his London-based performance capture studio The Imaginarium: The Bone Season (based on a series of books by Samantha Shannon) and a re-telling of George Orwell's Animal Farm, which Serkis will direct.
Serkis also had co-starring roles in Death of a Superhero and Brighton Rock. In 2010, Serkis received critical acclaim and accolades for his portrayal of punk-rock legend Ian Dury in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll for director Mat Whitecross. The role earned Serkis a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. He also played 19th century grave robber William Hare, opposite Simon Pegg's William Burke, in John Landis' black comedy Burke & Hare.
On the small screen, Serkis appeared in the BBC miniseries Little Dorrit, based on Charles Dickens' classic tale, which garnered him a 2009 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein in the BBC/HBO production of Einstein and Eddington.
Serkis previously earned Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award nominations for his performance as Ian Brady in HBO's Longford. He also garnered acclaim for the role of Bill Sikes in the PBS presentation of Oliver Twist. British television audiences also know him for a wide range of roles in telefilms, miniseries and series.
Feature film credits include Christopher Nolan's acclaimed drama The Prestige; the comedy 13 Going on 30, with Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer; and indie films The Cottage, Extraordinary Rendition and Sugarhouse. He also lent his voice to the animated feature Flushed Away. He earlier co-starred in Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People and Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy. Serkis includes among his additional film credits such independent releases as Deathwatch, The Escapist, Shiner, Pandaemonium, The Jolly Boys' Last Stand, Five Seconds to Spare, Sweety Barrett, Among Giants, Mojo, Career Girls, Loop, Stella Does Tricks and The Near Room.
An accomplished stage actor, Serkis received acclaim for his work on the stages of London and across the United Kingdom. He starred as Iago in Othello, at the Royal Exchange Theatre; played the Emcee in Cabaret; and originated the role of Potts in Jez Butterworth's Mojo, at the Royal Court Theatre. His stage work also includes productions of King Lear, Hush, and Decadence. In 2003, he made his directorial debut with the play The Double Bass at London's Southwark Playhouse.
As a director, Serkis also helmed the award-winning Heavenly Sword™ for PLAYSTATION®3 and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for Namco Bandai Games. In addition, he wrote and directed a short film called Snake, starring his wife, Lorraine Ashbourne and Rupert Graves.
A formidable antagonist for the humans is Koba. The milky-eyed and scar-faced bonobo, introduced in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Koba spent much of his younger life confined in laboratories, where he was subjected to experimentation in the name of science. In the decade following the apes' liberation, Koba has evolved into a grizzled warrior who harbors a strong hatred of the human race, believing that the only good human is a dead human.
Toby Kebbell was recently seen in Steven Spielberg's sweeping drama War Horse, the action thriller The East, with Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård and Wrath of the Titans, with Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson.
In 2010, Kebbell starred in three very different films: Mike Newell's epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Jon Turteltaub's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, with Nicolas Cage; and Robert Redford's historical drama The Conspirator, in which he portrayed President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
Kebbell previously starred in Control, Anton Corbijn's 2007 biopic about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. For his portrayal of the band's manager, Rob Gretton, Kebbell won a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Supporting Actor and earned a nomination for a London Film Critics Circle Award. The next year, Kebbell co-starred in Guy Ritchie's acclaimed crime comedy RocknRolla, with Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Tom Wilkinson and Thandie Newton. Following his work in those films, he received nominations for a BAFTA Award and an Empire Award.
His earlier film work includes Wilderness, Woody Allen's Match Point, Oliver Stone's Alexander, and Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes, which marked his screen debut and brought him a BIFA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer.
On British television, Kebbell's credits include Black Mirror, The Commander – Windows of the Soul, and the Macbeth segment of the series ShakespeaRe-Told, as well as episodes of the series The Street and Peak Practice.
Kebbell has also performed on the London stage, including the plays Enemies at the Almeida, under the direction of Michael Attenborough and the critically acclaimed Journey's End at the Playhouse Theatre, directed by David Grindley.
In Rise of the Planet of the Apes Maurice, an ex-circus orangutan, was forced to perform for the entertainment of his human captors. Now a wise elder, Maurice serves as loyal consigliere and advisor, serving Caesar and educating the youth of his ape kingdom.
Karin Konoval reprises her role of the Orangutan, Maurice, as featured in 2011's Rise of the Apes.
Since first becoming acquainted with orangutans and studying their behavior during her preparation for Rise, Karin has continued on her own to learn much more about these compelling great apes. She attended the Orangutan Species Survival Plan conference in Portland in August 2012, which proved to be an opportunity to learn from and meet some of the most committed people in the world working on behalf of orangutan conservation.
She also visits regularly with a group of five orangutans in Seattle, Washington at Woodland Park Zoo, each of whom she has discovered to be distinct in character and fascinating individuals. Towan, one of the two eldest of the group and the oldest living male orangutan in North America, is the personal inspiration for her portrayal of Maurice. Like Karin, Towan loves to paint.
Karin's film and television credits include, the Wicked Witch in the mini-series Tin Man, Mrs. Peacock in the X-Files episode Home, Emilia Rodriguez in the television movie Anything But Christmas, reoccurring guest roles on television's Continuum, Fringe and The Haunting Hourand the lead role of Mary Leonard the feature film Cable Beach, for which she received Whistler Film Festival's Phillip Borsos Award in 2004.
Garnering numerous awards for her work in theatre, Karin's stage work includes roles in contemporary classics such as August, OsageCounty, Sweeney Todd, The Threepenny Opera, Guys And Dolls and more.
Karin's writing has been published in various anthologies and literary magazines and broadcast on CBC Radio. As a painter she has had many solo exhibits of her work for a growing audience. Born in Baltimore, Karin moved to Canada with her family as a child and grew up in Edmonton where she originally trained as a dancer. After graduating from the University of Alberta, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Rocket is a skilled combatant and one of Caesar's closest allies.
Terry Notary (Rocket/Stunt Coordinator and Ape Movement Coach) is an actor, movement specialist, choreographer and stunt coordinator. He began his career as a gymnast. At UCLA he was a four-time NCAA All American and captain of the UCLA gymnastics team. Upon graduating with a major in theater, Terry was recruited by Cirque du Soleil. They offered him the challenge of joining 15 other hand-picked performers from around the world to form Cirque's prestigious 'Troupe Maison.' Terry performed with Cirque du Soleil's productionMystere for five years.
His experience as a world-class gymnast, stuntman and lead performer with Cirque du Soleil has given him the unique skill set to turn his knowledge of movement into characters that are seen in some of the highest grossing films in Hollywood. His credits include Rise of the Apes, Avatar, X2: X-Men United, The Hobbit movies and The Adventures of Tintin.
Cornelia is a young female chimp who, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was held at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. Ten years after Caesar’s uprising against humanity, their budding relationship has blossomed. Cornelia is now Caesar’s wife and queen, as well as the mother of his two children.
Judy Greer consistently captivates both critics and audiences with her engaging performances. She is one of the most prolific actresses of her time, appearing in 80 over roles across film and television to date.
Judy’s book, "I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star," was recently published. This Doubleday publication includes humorous essays that chronicle Greer's life with titles such as "Celebrities I've Peed Next To" and "I'm Not America's Sweetheart, I'm America's Best Friend."
Greer stars in a new untitled comedy pilot on FX by Andrew Gurland centered on a married man (Nat Faxon) and his wife (Greer), who are best friends determined to shake things up in order to save their marriage. She is currently voicing 'Cheryl' on the fourth season of FX's animated hit series Archer, which became an instant cult classic after its television debut in 2010. She can now be seen in Arrested Development in which she reprised her role as Kitty Sanchez, George Bluth's (Jeffrey Tambor) assistant/girlfriend, in the fourth season on Netflix.
Greer was also recently seen in Alexander Payne's The Descendants opposite George Clooney. The Academy Award® nominated film centers around attorney 'Matt King' (Clooney), who learns, after his wife suffers a boating accident and winds up in a coma, that she'd been having an affair with local real estate broker 'Brian Speer' (Matthew Lillard). Greer received critical acclaim for her supporting role in the film, garnering solo nominations from both the Satellite Awards and the Denver Film Critics Society, in addition to being nominated as part of the ensemble cast for a Gotham Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics Choice Award.
Greer starred in the recently released remake of the 1976 cult-classic, Carrie, directed by Kimberly Peirce as Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher, alongside Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne More. Previously, Greer starred opposite Ed Helms, Jason Segel, and Susan Sarandon in Jeff, Who Lives at Home for directors Jay and Mark Duplass.
Greer is also currently starring in her own Yahoo! series called Reluctantly Healthy, which she started in December of 2011. Each week this webisode gives special tips and advice on how to stay healthy while on-the go, working long hours, and traveling away from home.
Greer's numerous past film credits include Robbie Fox's Playing the Field alongside Gerard Butler, Barry Blaustein's Peep World opposite Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Kate Mara and Rainn Wilson which debuted at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival; Malcolm Venville's comedy Henry's Crime opposite Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, and James Caan; Magnolia Pictures' Barry Munday opposite Patrick Wilson and Chloe Sevigny; Ed Zwick's Love & Other Drugs, opposite Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal; Love Happens, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart; Visioneers opposite Zach Galifianakis; The Go-Getter opposite Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone; 27 Dressesopposite Katherine Heigl and James Marsden; The TV Set opposite Sigourney Weaver and David Duchovny; American Dreamz opposite Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore; The Amateurs opposite Jeff Bridges; Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown; M. Night Shyamalan's The Village;13 Going on 30 opposite Jennifer Garner; writer/director Adam Goldberg's psychological drama I Love Your Work (which debuted at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival); The Hebrew Hammer; Charlie Kaufman's critically-acclaimed Adaptation; The Wedding Planner opposite Jennifer Lopez; What Women Want opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; Danny Leiner's The Great New Wonderful; What Planet Are You From?; Three Kings; Jawbreaker; In Memory of My Father; The Specials; and Kissing Fools.
No stranger to the small screen, Greer appeared in a multi-episode arc on Two and a Half Men as Bridget Schmidt', ex-wife of Ashton Kutcher's character Walden Schmidt. Greer returned to the show after a 2007 guest appearance as a completely different character.
Additional television credits include the ABC comedy Miss Guided, where she garnered rave reviews for her role as a woman who returns to her high school alma mater as a guidance counselor, and guest appearances on Modern Family; How I Met Your Mother; The Big Bang Theory; House; Two and a Half Men; E.R.; My Name is Earl; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; Californication and Love Monkey.
On stage, Judy recently made her Broadway debut alongside Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz in the Broadway show Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck. Judy also starred in Paul Weitz's play Show People for Second Stage opposite Ty Burrell.
Greer was born and raised in Detroit. She trained for nearly ten years in classical Russian ballet before shifting her interest to acting and gaining acceptance into The Theatre School, DePaul University's prestigious theatre conservatory program. Greer currently resides in Los Angeles.
Malcolm is a former architect who lost his wife to the virus that wiped out the vast majority of humanity. Left on his own to raise their son, Alexander, Malcolm is desperate to maintain the hope and stability he and Alexander have found within a small colony of fellow survivors in San Francisco.
Jason Clarke has emerged in the U.S. with a slate of performances in both television and film. Clarke most recently wrapped production on The Green Blade Rises, produced by Terrence Malick; and action thriller, White House Down, for director Roland Emmerich, alongside Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and James Woods.
Clarke recently received acclaim for his performances in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar® nominated Zero Dark Thirty. In Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, Clarke played George Wilson, the cuckolded husband of Myrtle and the man who brings the story to its climax.
Clarke was also recently seen in John Hillcoat's period drama Lawless opposite Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pierce and Jessica Chastain. The film centers on a family of Depression-era bootleggers in the American South.
Clarke also starred in several high profile films including Michael Mann's Public Enemies opposite Johnny Depp; and Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race.
In the world of independent films, Clarke starred in The Fields, opposite Sam Worthington, which premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, Jada Pinkett Smith's directorial debut, The Human Contract and David Schwimmer's Trust opposite Clive Owen and Catherine Keener; Yelling to the Sky directed by Victoria Mahoney; and Swerve for director Craig Lahiff.
In his native Australia, Clarke starred in Phillip Noyce's Rabbit Proof Fence, as well as Better than Sex, and Park Street. In television, Clarke worked opposite Geoffrey Rush in the series, Mercury.
Clarke first came to America's attention in the critically acclaimed dramatic Showtime series, Brotherhood, where he played Tommy Caffee, an ambitious Rhode Island politician who navigates the treacherous worlds of local politics and organized crime. He also starred in Shawn Ryan's (The Shield) acclaimed crime-drama, The Chicago Code on FOX as Veteran Chicago Police Detective Jarek Wysocki who leads the special unit fighting against the corruption.
Clarke graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and also has extensive credits in theater, as an actor as well as director.
Dreyfus, like so many, he lost family and friends to the Simian Flu. Forged by this tragedy, Dreyfus is now a leader of the human colony among the ruins of downtown San Francisco. He is intent on not only saving, but rebuilding what's left of mankind a decade after the Simian Flu decimated most of its inhabitants and infrastructure.
Gary Oldman, with over 20 years as a worldwide presence in major motion pictures, is also known to millions as Sirius Black (Harry Potter's Godfather), Commissioner Jim Gordon (Batman's crime-fighting partner), Dracula, Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Joe Orton, Sid Vicious, and also the terrorist who hijacked Harrison Ford's Air Force One. He also starred in Luc Besson's The Professional and The Fifth Element and also as Dr. Zachary Smith in LOST IN SPACE
Highly regarded as one of foremost actors of his generation, and an internationally known, iconic figure, he has the distinction of appearing in more successful films than any other artist spanning the past twenty years, and additionally has appeared in more than one of the top ten highest grossing films in history including, not one, but both of the most successful film franchises in history!
Mr. Oldman is the recipient of the 2011 Empire Icon Award, awarded for a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
He has appeared in the following Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II; and also appeared in the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
With the addition of master spy George Smiley in 2011, Oldman created yet another iconic character in the acclaimed film version of John Le Carre'sTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which brought Oldman his first Academy Award Nomination and also a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor.
Starring also with Denzel Washington in the hit film The Book of Eli, his acting career began in 1979 where he worked exclusively in the theatre; in 1985 through 1989 working at London's Royal Court. His early BBC films were Mike Leigh's Meantime and The Firm by the late Alan Clark. Feature films, which immediately followed were Sid and Nancy, Prick Up Your Ears, directed by Stephen Frears, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead directed by Tom Stoppard, State of Grace, JFK directed by Oliver Stone, Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Romeo is Bleeding, True Romance directed by Tony Scott, The Professional directed by Luc Besson, Murder in the First, Immortal Beloved, and The Scarlet Letter directed by Roland Joffe.
In 1995 Oldman and manager/producing partner Douglas Urbanski formed a production company, which produced Mr. Oldman's directorial debut, the highly acclaimed Nil by Mouth. The film won nine of seventeen major awards for which it was nominated. The film was selected to open the main competition for the 1997 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, for which Kathy Burke won Best Actress. The same year Oldman won the prestigious Channel Four Director's Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival in addition to winning the British Academy Award (shared with Douglas Urbanski) for Best Film and also the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, written by Gary Oldman.
In 2000, Mr. Oldman, and Douglas Urbanski produced the original film The Contender, which also starred Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater and Sam Elliott; the film received several Academy Award Nominations.
During the past twenty years Mr. Oldman has appeared in a staggering thirteen films that have opened in the number one box office position; the films in which he has appeared have a cumulative gross in the billions and billions of dollars, remarkably, making him, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the highest grossing film actor in the history of motion pictures.
Ellie is a nurse who assisted the Center for Disease Control in their failed efforts to contain the viral outbreak. Ellie has attained some measure of security amidst her fellow survivors in San Francisco, including Malcolm, with whom she has a burgeoning relationship.
Keri Russell stars in the original FX series The Americans, a drama that centers on Russian sleeper cells operating within the United States in the 1980s.
In 2013, Russell also stars in two motion pictures: Dark Skies, a science fiction – horror thriller and the romantic comedy Austenland, directed by Joshua Hess, about a woman obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice who travels to a Jane Austen-theme park in search of her perfect gentleman. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The Award-winning actress previously entranced audiences with her portrayal of the eponymous character Felicity, making the show a break out phenomenon. On the show, Felicity Porter's rash decision to follow her high school crush to New York becomes a path to self-discovery – and her dilemmas spoke to viewers everywhere. For her efforts, Russell won a Golden Globe Award in 1999.
Simultaneously, Russell added to her motion picture credits, with roles in Eight Days a Week, The Curve, Mad About Mambo and the Vietnam War drama We Were Soldiers.
After Felicity concluded, Russell moved to New York City where she made her Off-Broadway stage debut in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig with Jeremy Piven and Andrew McCarthy.
Her on-screen charm and vulnerability led to many memorable motion picture portraits, as Russell appeared in The Upside of Anger with Kevin Costner and Joan Allen, Mission: Impossible III with Tom Cruise, Waitress, The Girl in the Park, August Rush, Bedtime Stories, Leaves of Grass, Extraordinary Measures and Goats.
Her additional television credits include the mini-series Into the West, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and the Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation The Magic of Ordinary Days and the television series Running Wild opposite Will Arnett.
Alexander is the teenage son of Jason Clarke's character, Malcolm. Alexander's mother has passed away – one of countless victims of the Simian Flu – and Alexander is having a difficult time adjusting to life among the few human survivors. But his secret bond with one of the apes helps facilitate a fragile peace between the two species…but can it last?
Kodi Smit-McPhee's work on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reunites him with director Matt Reeves with whom he previously worked with on the film Let Me In opposite Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins, for which he received a 2010 Critics Choice Nomination.
Kodi recently finished filming The Young Ones starring opposite Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Michael Shannon. In 2012, Kodi starred in the independent film, The Wilderness Of James. He also was the lead in A Birder's Guide To Everything, opposite Ben Kingsley, which premiered at the 2013 TriBeca Film Festival.
Kodi played 'Benvolio' in Romeo & Juliet opposite Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, and Paul Giamatti. In addition, he appears in The Congress opposite Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel.
Kodi starred in Paranorman, in which he lends his voice as the lead role of 'Norman'. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2013 Academy Awards and also received a 2013 BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Animated Film. The cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, and Jeff Garlin.
Kodi previously starred in The Road opposite Viggo Mortenson, Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall, for which he received a 2009 Broadcast Critics Nomination for Best Young Actor and a 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Nomination for Best International Actor; Romulus, My Father with Eric Bana and Franka Potente, garnered him the 2007 AFI Award for Best Young Actor as well as a Best Actor Nomination; the Australian film Matching Jack for which he received a 2010 AFI Nomination for Best Supporting Actor and also Dead Europe which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Preferred Ticket Retailer