While an official synopsis has already been released for Matt Reeves’ sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, star Gary Oldman has dropped a few more details as to what we can expect from the new film.
Speaking with MTV about the Robocop reboot, Oldman was asked about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and his character in particular. In the film Oldman plays Dreyfus, a man tasked with leading a group of survivors of the ape virus, and a man who seems to be hellbent on revenge. He told MTV that Dreyfus has experienced “great loss” after the virus broke out at the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Oldman also said that his characters endgame was “ape genocide” and wants to “wipe them out”. Now, seeing Oldman as an angry, revenge fuelled leader of a band of survivors is going to make for some very exciting viewing.
Speaking of Reeves’ direction for the new film, Oldman said “He wanted to make it more of a human story. He wanted to explore what had happened, and keep it more focused on the human side of it, before the story becomes the ‘Planet of the Apes’ as we know it from the original.”
Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter franchise), 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) also star.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In). The producers are Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion), Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Tom Hammel (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is executive producing.
Oscar-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing a new generation of the cutting edge performance capture technologies developed for Rise of the Apes and Avatar – will again render photo-realistic, emotionally-engaging apes. The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Michael Seresin, production designer James Chinland, and VFX Supervisors Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon, VFX producers Ryan Stafford, editor Bill Hoy and Stan Salfas, and costume designer Melissa Brunning.
Twentieth Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worldwide on 11th July 2014.
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.