We learned from that first Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer that the action picks up 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Humans have been practically wiped off the planet from the so-called Simian Flu and apes have formed communities where they are thriving.
But, what happened in that decade between the two movies?
Fox has released a trio of short films entitled Before the Dawn of the Apes. First, we look at Year 1, then Year 5, and then Year 10 takes us right up to when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes begins.
We cannot recommend these stunning short films enough, and you can watch them below in the slideshow!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lands in theaters July 11 and features Gary Oldman as the leader of a band of survivors. Among them is Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, and the married couple strike a relationship with a group of apes, led by Andy Serkis’ Caesar.
Clarke and Russell believe that what the apes want is what humans want: To raise their families and try to survive in this world turned upside down.
Oldman... he wants all the apes dead.
Watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes online, and then you might want to watch those three short films again, and get ready for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on July 11!