Fox has released some new photos from the set of this summer’s prequel-sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes featuring the fully rendered apes in their powerful poses.

Director Matt Reeves explained to USA Today (who has also provided us with images):

“We’ve got apes on horses. There is a sense in the beginning of the movie that apes have inherited the Earth. You see the species as it takes dominion over the planet. It’s an ape-world. That’s the fun of it.”

Adam Serkis, returning in the motion-capture role of the leader of the apes, Caesar, also points out that in the new movie,

“Caesar not only has a wife, but also an infant son and a teenage son. This film centers around the notion of family — the survival of the family and what lengths you would go to protect them when life is extremely hard and tough.”

Gary Oldman’s character, who was a police officer before the fall of civilization, looks pretty comfortable in this crazy new world. He has subsequently been elected to lead over his group of survivors “who were lucky enough to survive the flu, the disease and ensuing social uprising,” following the apocalyptic credits sequence of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The new human cast also include Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Dawn opens in theaters on July 11.

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