More casting news has come in for Fox’s sequel to their surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, entitled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as yet another actor has signed on to don the motion capture dots!
Vulture reports that Judy Greer (pictured) will slip on the mo-cap suit to play the female chimp Cornelia. “For so long I haven’t been able to say anything about it so this is exciting,” Greer tells the site. Cornelia was briefly introduced in the first film (where she was played by dancer Devyn Dalton) as a potential love interest to Andy Serkis’ lead ape Caesar, but the role will be expanded in the Matt Reeves–directed sequel. “It’s a very different kind of work than I’m used to,” admitted Greer. “I’m not going to be wearing Manolo Blahniks in this one.”
The flick also stars Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Kodi-Smit McPhee, William Clarke, and Gary Oldman. Fox’s upcoming sequel is set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The plot is for the most part under wraps, but we do know two aspects of it… One focus is on the group of 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 Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.
Matt Reeves, stepping into the shoes originally worn by Rupert Wyatt, is directing the sequel to Fox’s 2011 hit. Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, who penned the first installment, wrote the initial draft for Dawn. Scott Burns had written a draft for Wyatt, but when Reeves came on board, the studio and producers wanted something tailored specifically for him and hired Mark Bomback to do a rewrite. It should also be noted that Bomback did some uncredited script doctoring on Rise. Peter Chernin is back as producer.
Fox has set a May 23, 2014, release date.
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