Gary Oldman joins Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 March 2013
Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman will join Andy Serkis in Matt Reeves' sci-fi sequel 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' as a man struggling to survive the global monkey takeover

Gary Oldman has joined the 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' cast.

'The Dark Knight Rises' actor has become the latest star to sign on to Matt Reeves' sci-fi sequel, set 15 years after the events of the James Franco-fronted 2011 film, 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'.

Gary will play Dreyfus, a man who leads a human colony struggling to survive in San Francisco after society has been eliminated by the ape-borne flu seen spreading at the end of the last movie.

He joins returning cast member Andy Serkis, who is reprising his role as CGI-enhanced intelligent ape Ceasar, the leader of the monkey rebellion.

'Zero Dark Thirty' actor Jason Clarke and 'The Road' star Kodi Smit-McPhee also recently joined the film's line-up.

James Franco has denied being involved with 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', claiming his cameo role was scrapped after Rupert Wyatt - who directed 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' - pulled out of directing the film.

He said: "I was going to be a small part of the next one... There was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left.

"Now Rupert's not a part of it so I don't know. My guess is I won't be in it. Nobody's talked to me since Rupert left."

'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' begins filming this month in New Orleans for a May 2014 release.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Matt Reeves
  • Written by: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
  • Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • UK release: 17 July 2014

Ten years after the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, simian leader Caesar (Serkis) must work with human leader Malcolm (Clarke) to forge an alliance between apes and men. Thought-provoking and exciting, with fine performances from Serkis, Clarke, Oldman and Kebbell, it's a blockbuster for grown-ups.

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