Friday, March 01, 2013

Oldman Joins Planet of the Apes Sequel

With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes due to hit theaters summer of 2014, we're starting to see more news trickle out about the anticipated Planet of the Apes sequel-to-the-reboot. When we last left things in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the uplifting ending had chimpanzee revolutionary Caesar (Andy Serkis) headed to the treetops in Muir Woods outside San Francisco accompanied by the triumphant strains of Patrick Doyle's music score. However, a mid-credits coda made clear that, thanks to a rapid spread of a new super-virus, the days of human dominance were likely at an end.

Well, we get to follow this strain (pun unintentional) in the sequel, which picks up 15 years after Rise, and has Caesar attempting to hold together his followers (who have presumably all learned to talk in the interim) while the remnants of humanity fight to hang on. Last week came word that actor Jason Clarke, who got to make quite an impression in January's Zero Dark Thirty, had signed on to play one of the key
human roles, and yesterday the news broke that Commissioner Gordon himself, Gary Oldman, will also be playing a key role as one of the leaders of a human colony. This is good news.

While there's no word on whether either character is a co-protagonist alongside Caesar or an antagonist (could go either way), the presence of such strong actors in the cast lends credence to the idea that Fox wants to keep the momentum they built up with Rise going, seeding the ensemble with solid, respected performers. No word yet on whether James Franco, who played the key human last time around, will be back, but I'd think we would have heard something by now, so signs point to a probable "no." Directed by Matt Reeves from a script by Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (be sure to read my 2011 interview with the pair!), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled to arrive May 23, 2014. As you'd expect from me on this one, more news as I know it.

(Source: Deadline)

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