Jason Clarke to Star in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
While Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ star James Franco is not expected to return for the sequel, it looks like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is moving right along. Jason Clarke, who recently starred in the critically acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty, is set to star in the upcoming sequel – which is set to begin production some time this spring. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has seen a number of bumps in the road on its way to production (i.e. Rupert Wyatt leaving as director), but director Matt Reeves has a great base to start from after the surprising success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Hit the jump to read more.
According to the good folks over at The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Clarke has been cast in an unspecified role in 20th Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Clarke has gone from supporting roles in Public Enemies, Lawless, and Zero Dark Thirty to becoming presumably the lead role here – Clarke is also playing George Wilson in the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
While much of the plot is still on the hush-hush, THR reports that the film is set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After 15 years, one can only imagine that there will be some dramatic differences between how we last saw the apes in Rise and how Dawn will pick up from there.
One focus is on the human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Another aspect of the story is the struggle of intelligent ape Caesar, played by a returning Andy Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.
I’m really disappointed to see that James Franco won’t be returning to reprise his role, but Clarke’s rising stardom definitely brings some excitement to the film. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is working off a script by Mark Bomback and eyeing a spring shoot. Stay tuned for more details!
Posted on February 21, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged 20th Century Fox, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Film, Fox, Jason Clarke, Movies, Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.