After the surprise success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, 20th Century Fox did the right thing and took its time when putting the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, into production. With a nearly three year wait in between installments, the studio has yet to reveal much about its upcoming post-apocalyptic ape showdown, but in an interview with MTV, one of the movie’s stars, Gary Oldman, had a lot to say about it. Take a look at part of what he revealed about the film:

According to what the actor told us, Oldman plays ‘the designated leader’ of a community of humans ‘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. Oldman's character was a police officer before the fall of civilization, and has subsequently been elected to lead over his group of survivors.

The human community, desperate to find power, ventures off to a nearby power station, to see if it's still operational. There, the humans ‘discover that there's a whole community of apes living there. We believed that they were all completely fire-bottomed and wiped out.’

They're not wiped out yet, but that might change when Oldman finds out about the apes. ‘There's only one answer for him: Wipe them out,’ he teased.

Oldman also said that his character has a harder edge because “he's experienced great loss, personally.”

After years of being forced into silence while working with Christopher Nolan on the Dark Knight films, Oldman seems ready to let the spoilers flow. While what he said wasn’t necessarily a surprise to people familiar with the franchise, it did confirm that Dawn is heading in a much darker direction than Rise.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 11.

[via MTV]