There’s new casting news out for director Matt Reeves‘ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes production. Gary Oldman (Dark Knight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) has jumped on-board the movie to play the leader of the remaining human colony. Wait, what does it that mean, “remaining humans”? It seems there is a plague wiping out mankind. Here’s the current synopsis of the movie:
A group of scientists in San Francisco struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that is wiping out humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.
Oldman’s character will be the foil pitted against the intelligant ape Caesar (Andy Serkis). Goldman plays a good bad guy (The Book of Eli), although it’s not certain that his character will be a bad guy or just someone thrust into a difficult situation, there’s plenty of grey morality areas to pass around in the Planet of the Apes franchise.
The story takes place 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes where Caesar first exposed his fellow captive simians and then staged a breakout to the forests surrounding San Fransisco. A plague has broken out, most likely related to or caused by the breakout and or destruction of the labs.
Oldman is a fantastic actor and a great addition to the cast. I get the feeling that the “Dawn” title will be the best in the new Planet of the Apes series much like Dawn of the Dead is the best in the Ramero zombie franchise. What do you think?