The rebooted "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was a surprise critical success, racking up $482 million worldwide. The film starred James Franco and Andy Serkis, who is quickly becoming the most famed motion-capture performer, portraying such roles as Caesar in "Apes" and Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit".
It came as no surprise that a sequel was in the works and I must say, it's shaping up rather nicely. Titled "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the always incredible Gary Oldman is leading the cast and the film also stars Keri Russell and Jason Clarke. Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield" and "Let Me In") has replaced Rupert Wyatt as director.
The film has officially begun production and Fox has released some more details on the film, including the synopsis and a full cast list. You can check it out below:
Twentieth Century Fox announced that principal photography is underway on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line) and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30).
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"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" hits AMC Theatres on May 23rd, 2014.
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