THE NEWS BUNDLE: Andy Serkis Reveals New Plot Details Regarding Caesar in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Easily one of the biggest surprise of 2011, the anticipation has been building for the upcoming sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. With the script receiving some work and a new director at the helm, the film is ready to finally take shape to shoot sometime next year after an extended period of time. However, there are still many big questions remaining, such as where the story will go this time around and who else will be back behind the acclaimed Andy Serkis as Caesar. Now, Serkis himself has decided to clue fans in by revealing just what might be in store for the brewing conflict between humans and apes.

Speaking with ComingSoon, Serkis says that while the apes rebelled against the humans in the first prequel, it may be the deadly virus that brings about a temporary union as the simians rise to their inevitable domination. "The interesting thing now will be how Caesar operates in this world--because of the virus that hits at the end of the first movie--and how Caesar brings an accord between the apes and the surviving humans," the actor said. "That's going to be interesting where we take that."

The spread of the virus was demonstrated in the closing credits of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and has been confirmed to play a large role in the follow-up. The humans on their last leg could easily turn to the rising apes for help in abolishing the virus, hence changing the shift of power and giving the apes the control they will eventually have upon the humans as we move closer to Astronaut Taylor's crash-landing future.

Serkis has also said he's met with new director Matt Reeves, and the current plan is for production to begin before the summer starts in order to properly reach the already-set release date of May 23rd, 2014. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver returned to pen the script, while Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) performed rewrites. Other than Serkis, no one else has been cast to return or debut in the upcoming sequel.

You can catch Andy Serkis in theaters as Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opening everywhere on December 14th, while he also served as 2nd unit director for the trilogy.