Back in April, we got a glimpse of the stunning technology at work in the new "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" film — but the newly released full trailer blows that all away. 

As mentioned earlier, director Rupert Wyatt was adamant about not using real apes in the film, choosing instead to trust in the geniuses at WETA Digital to create something believable. "You have to dominate an ape," he told FirstShowing. "Therefore performing apes are not the happiest of apes, put it that way. And morally it just never really appealed to me."

Wyatt also hopes that the final product proves to other studios that live animals are no longer needed on set — and sparks a dialog on the use of animals in medical experiments. 

"I’ve said this before, but it’s a very sad irony that our closest cousins, in a way, are exploited," he told FilmSchoolRejects. "There’s something fundamentally wrong about that, but also understandable. If we were to take this science-fiction story, you would understand why this species would rise up when given the chance."

Check out the new full trailer below:

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