Andy Serkis returns as conquering primate Caesar at an earlier date next Summer.
20th Century Fox have today announced an updated official worldwide release date for their upcoming fantasy film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequel to the hit 2011 blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes place ten years after its predecessor- humanity lies on the brink of extinction courtesy of a fatal infection, while Caesar struggles to maintain control of his army of intelligent primates as the threat of civil war looms.
After Paul Walker's tragic passing last week, production on Fox's Fast & Furious 7 has halted indefinitely (though the film is expected to be completed rather than abandoned). The seventh instalment in the action series was originally due for release on July 11th, 2014, but odds are that it will end up being pushed back to a 2015 release. As such, Dawn will take its place, launching a mere one week earlier than its expected July 18th launch. The loss of Fast from Fox's Summer line-up will be a blow, certainly, although the success of Andy Serkis' first Apes CGI venture should act as assurance that Dawn will provide fair financial compensationf for the studio.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will now tear into cinemas worldwide on July 11th, 2014.
UPDATE: 20th Century Fox have also released the first teaser poster for Dawn ahead of a confirmed teaser trailer set to launch next week. Check out the poster below...