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

Posted by , on February 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm 

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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