Film is a sequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", released in 2011
Movie sets are being constructed around town in preparation for the filming of what the movie's publicist says is a "major feature film".
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is set to begin filming in New Orleans in the beginning of May, says unit publicist Gregg Brilliant.
It's scheduled to be released by 20th Century Fox in May 2014. It's a sequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", which was released in August 2011.
One movie set is at South Rampart and Tulane Avenue. Brilliant would not say what the set is supposed to be because "I want to keep the storyline under wraps for now."
He did say filming will require the hiring of about 600 locals, not counting actors, who will work as crewmembers. About 200 people will be coming in from out of town to work on the film.
Filming in the New Orleans area is expected to last into July. A significant portion of the movie is being filmed here, Brilliant said.
Actor Andy Serkis, who played Caesar, the leader of the apes, in "Rise", will return in that role in the new movie.