The hype around the next big Planet of the Apes sequel has been building steadily in the months since the announcement of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Much of the human cast has already been hired, including leads Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee, but the only “ape” role confirmed so far is the return of Andy Serkis as Caesar.
Now with the casting of actress Judy Greer we might have what we hope is the first of many announcements for the New Ape Order.
According to Vulture, who originally broke the story, the veteran actress will play Cornelia, a female chimp and possible love interest to Caesar fifteen years after the fall of human civilization that occurred in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And for someone like Greer, whose husband is a big Apes fan, it’s quite the experience. She had this to say regarding her involvement:
“For so long I haven’t been able to say anything about it, so this is exciting!…It’s a very different kind of work than I’m used to, I’m not going to be wearing Manolo Blahniks in this one.”
As for the casting itself, Judy may have Serkis to thank for convincing her to lobby for the part, having met with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves and revealing the depths of her Apes fandom. Even if, according to Judy “I think I might have freaked him out a little bit”, she must have done something right. She got the part, which will include some motion capture and focus on an interweaving storyline around Caesar’s struggle to maintain control of his species, as well as the survival of the remaining scientists and other humans in San Francisco.
Shooting is is scheduled to start on North Vancouver Island around the beginning of of April with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scheduled for theaters sometime in May of 2014.