Exclusive Photos From the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Set

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is currently filming in New Orleans and is only a year away from its release. Previously the only image we’ve seen from the sequel is of Andy Serkis as Caesar on a horse confronting a group of human survivors. Now, one of our sources found where the production has set up an overgrown San Francicso and snapped some pretty great photos, which you can see in our gallery by clicking here!

With the film being set 15 years after its predecessor, vines and huge stalks of grass have been brought in to make the big city look like a jungle. You’ll also be able to see in many of the photos that false fronts have been brought in for many of the buildings to give them an aged and unkempt appearance. In addition, you can see a few San Francisco indicators, such as the lighthouse, the broken down bus with a billboard on top of it, and one building with a sign that reads “Federal Reserve of San Francisco.” Check out one of the images of the jungle below.

Directed by Matt Reeves with a script from Scott Z. Burns, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa and Mark Bomback, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues the story that began in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and features a cast that includes Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, Jocko Sims, and Judy Greer. 

In the film, 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. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will open on May 23, 2014.

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