Gary Oldman to Lead Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Former Commissioner Gordon and Sirius Black has gotten his hands on another high profile franchise, Planet of the Apes.

The sequel to 2011’s surprise hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has cast Gary Oldman as the leader of a human colony, says ComingSoon.net.

Andy Serkis will once again play Ceasar by means of motion capture. James Franco and Freida Pinto are not expected to return.

Matt Reeves (Let Me InCloverfield) has signed on to direct the film, taking over for Rupert Wyatt, who left the project due to time constraints.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set 15 years after the end of the last film, in which Caesar and his army of primates fought across the Golden Gate Bridge and settled in a patch of woods outside of San Francisco, awaiting the humans’ next move.

In that decade and a half, humanity has mostly been wiped out by the apes with newfound intelligence. The film will follow a group of human scientists trying to form a resistance, led by Oldman’s character, as well as Caesar’s role as a leader among the ape community.

The most interesting, emotionally rich, aspect of the last film was how it blurred the lines between hero and villain, a theme which looks to be still intact based on the synopsis.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled to hit theaters May 23, 2014.

By Matt Dougherty

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