Matt Reeves has been very busy this past week! Not only has he cast Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee in lead roles for his film ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, he’s now just added Gary Oldman to the cast!Oldman is best known as Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy and as Sirius Black in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. He’s starred in many genre films including playing Dracula in the 1992 version of the vampire film starring Keanu Reeves and Wynona Ryder, Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in ‘The Fifth Element,’ and Solomon in ‘Red Riding Hood’ to name a few. He will be seen in next year’s reboot of ‘Robocop’ playing Dr. Robert Norton, the scientist who struggles with a bout of conscience since creating Robocop.
In ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ Oldman will be playing the role of Dreyfus, the leader of the human resistance after the apes have taken power. Dreyfus is described as a diplomatic type with a military background who was (according to the current script) a former police commissioner. Beyond this, not much else is known about the role.
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is said to be set 15 years after the first film and will have focus on the human scientists who are struggling to survive in San Francisco as well as Caesar (Andy Serkis), the intelligent ape from ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ and his struggles to maintain his dominance over his kingdom.
There’s still no news if movie goers will see James Franco this time around but the odds are not looking too good.
Filming for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is slated to begin “sometime in the spring” with a release date of May 23, 2014
So what do you think so far? Are the actors who are already on board enough to peak your interest in seeing this sequel?