Keri Russell Latest to Join Cast of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

March 6, 2013
Source: Variety

Keri Russell

Though actress Keri Russell launched her career with the TV series "Felicity," lately the star has taken kindly to much more adult fare like Waitress, Mission: Impossible, and Dark Skies this year. In addition, Russell is also leading the cold, and thrilling spy series "The Americans" on FX, but Variety reports she'll return to the big screen with the female lead in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes which has director Matthew Reeves (Let Me In) stepping in for Rupert Wyatt. Russell joins other new cast members like Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman, for the 2014 sequel.

All we know so far is that the sequel 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. Oldman will play the leader of a human colony, but character details for Russell, McPhee and Clarke have not surfaced yet. But the most important part of the casting has already been determined with Andy Serkis returning to play Caesar, along with Terry Notary as Rocket and many of the other apes. Oh, and for those keeping score, Matt Reeves directed the pilot for "Felicity" and a handful of other episodes, so that's cool.

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


Damn I got excited. Thought it said Kurt Russell.

Jon Odishaw on Mar 6, 2013


It's Kody Smit-McPhee, not Kody-Smit McPhee 🙂

Fivez on Mar 6, 2013


I'm glad this film isn't getting buried in A-listers. I hope that budget is going to set design, if the apes have begun constructing their society.

OfficialJab on Mar 6, 2013


Glad to see Keri Russell land a project like this. Very talented actress and maybe this will help boost her career.

Marcus on Mar 7, 2013

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