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Jason Clarke Lands Top Spot In ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Written by on February 19, 2013 

Complaints about humans and concurrent hopes for their eradication have not been answered. I’m talking about a movie here, in this instance, as THR inform us Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has found its central human: Jason Clarke, the Australian actor who’s made a (pardon) splash as the waterboarding bro in Zero Dark Thirty. (Not to mention roles in Lawless and a new Terrence Malick movie.) It’s their first significant move since the hiring of Let Me In director Matt Reeves, but this news comes with something I consider even more urgent, or at least as urgent as these sorts of things can be. (Honest truth: not very.)

It turns out Dawn will take place fifteen years after the wake of Rise, throwing audiences into (an otherwise deserted) San Francisco inhabited by scientists; the ape angle — i.e., what we care about more than anything else — centers, again, on Andy Serkis‘ Caesar, who’s now trying to keep his fellow beings under control. What should make it click is a congealing of these two warring factions, possibly including a face-to-face discussion between Clarke (who I guess ends up playing a scientist) and a motion-capture Caesar. With a fifteen-years-later setting, you know that chimp has to be speaking in full sentences this time around.

Mark Bomback is now credited as the film’s screenwriter, and with a spring production start, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will open on May 23rd, 2014.

Is Clarke an interesting, smart choice to lead Apes?

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