A new teaser trailer for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has arrived - and boy is it depressing. 

The film, slated for July 2014 release, picks up nearly a decade after the events of the first film - which ended with Caesar and his super-intelligent ape army escaping from their lab and into the Redwood forest outside San Francisco. At the same time, a scientist infected with a lethal virus developed in the same lab inadvertently causes a pandemic that wipes out a large swath of the human species. 

"The ape civilization is in the woods, between Vancouver and New Orleans, the world after what happens with the simian virus flu," commented director Matt Reeves earlier this summer. "The two main locales are San Francisco and the Muir Woods where the ape civilization is born. We’ll be doing a little shooting in San Francisco as well. A lot of the Louisiana shooting was to build huge wood sets outside in the woods to add realism, enormous exterior streets. We’re shooting in the rain, in the wind, all on location out in the open in the elements."

As in 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," all of the apes will be computer generated by WETA - something that's likely to please animal advocates; especially in light of recent cruelty allegations within the film industry

Check out the teaser below. 

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Humanity on the brink in new 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' trailer
New trailer for the sequel to the 2011 hit film 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' shows the world devastated by a lethal virus.