‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer offers glimpse of ape army

March 31, 2014 | 11:02 a.m.

A new TV spot for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” offers a first look at the menacing ape army.

The trailer, which premiered during Sunday night’s season finale of “The Walking Dead,” begins with an ominous human voice-over.

“You know the scary thing about ‘em?” the narration begins. “They don’t need power, lights, heat. Nothing. That’s their advantage, that’s what makes them stronger.”

The teaser, which runs 43 seconds, shows the apes on horseback and, presumably, preparing for battle. Watch it in the video below.

“Dawn” is set a decade after the events of 2011’s blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in which Caesar, a genetically evolved chimpanzee portrayed by Andy Serkis through performance capture technology, leads a host of simians to freedom. “Dawn” picks up in a post-apocalyptic future where humankind has been all but destroyed by disease and conflict, and Caesar’s apes have started a forest colony — the beginnings of a new civilization. Conflict arises when a group of human survivors cross paths with the ape colony.

In addition to Serkis, the film stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell among others.

Director Matt Reeves (“Let Me In,” “Cloverfield”), who took over from “Rise” director Rupert Wyatt, is slated to helm a third installment in the franchise.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is due in theaters July 11. What do you think of the new teaser? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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