'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Gains a Leader - Gary Oldman Joining
As I wrote in the last casting update on Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sequel, "this is already a great cast so far that I'm sure will get even better." Indeed it just has. ComingSoon is reporting that another excellent actor has been cast - Gary Oldman, seen in Chris Nolan's Batman/The Dark Knight series as well as The Book of Eli, Harry Potter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lawless. While we only know few details about the sequel, set 15 years after the last movie involving two split groups of humans and apes, and apparently Oldman will be playing the "leader of a human colony", or as Deadline clarifies, the "leader of the human resistance". Awesome. Matt Reeves is rounding up quite an outstanding set of actors for this.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as the new sequel is apparently titled, will take place 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes with part of the film focusing on a group of human scientists trying to survive in San Francisco while the other part will focus on Caesar, struggling to rule over his new kingdom. Andy Serkis is returning to play Caesar, along with Terry Notary as Rocket and many of the other apes. The cast also includes Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jason Clarke, but we're not exactly sure what characters they're playing yet. Casting continues as they're gearing up to start shooting in order to make a May 2014 release date set by Fox. As expected, the cast keeps getting better, I just wish we knew more about the plot already. Stay tuned.