Jason Clarke, who came to a lot of moviegoers’ attention earlier this year in Zero Dark Thirty, has been signed to the lead for Twentieth Century Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Matthew Reeves is set to direct this sequel to the studio’s franchise reboot Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news and they offered up the first story details about the sequel –
Much of the plot is being kept under lock and key, but it is set 15 years after the events of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which starred James Franco. One focus is on the 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 a returning Andy Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.
There is no news as to what role Clarke will be playing, and I supose that he could wind up playing either one of the scientists or do a motion capture performance as one of the apes.
Currently the studio is looking at a spring start for a planned May 23, 2014 release.