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One of the things that worked so well about Rupert Wyatt's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' is that it was not only able to humanize its digital chimpanzee protagonist, but also develop the characters in the film who were fully human. James Franco was as sympathetic a lead as was Andy Serkis' mo-cap Caesar. Matt Reeves ('Cloverfield'), who is taking over directing duties for the sequel, seems to understand the importance of this balance. It has just been reported that Gary Oldman has joined the cast. The new film is set fifteen years after the events of 'Rise' and finds the human race all but wiped out and apes running the world. A group of scientists decide to form a resistance against the apes as Caesar tries to maintain order in the society he has created. Oldman is apparently playing the leader of a human colony. 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' begins filming this spring for a May 23rd, 2014.
Excellent! This is a considerably wise move that will no doubt benefit 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' Gary Oldman is one of the most accomplished actors working today, and one of those rare talents who is just as much at home in blockbuster genre films as he is in artier fare. Christopher Nolan's Batman films certainly aided in his cultivating new legions of fans, as did his appearances as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films. This is the second major franchise to which Oldman has signed on in the last year. He will also be appearing in Jose Padilha's 'Robocop' remake. I hadn't thought about it before, but the plot description for 'Dawn' actually resembles that of 'Battle for the Planet for the Apes,' the final film of the original franchise. My favorite of the series is 'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,' the film that preceded 'Battle,' and which formed much of the basis for 'Rise.' Though nowhere near as good, 'Battle for the Planet of the Apes' is enjoyable and does have its moments. It'll be interesting to see how the new movie updates, and admittedly no doubt improves the franchise entry to which it appears to be beholden.
What do you guys think? Excited Oldman is coming aboard? Anyone think he's actually involved in too many geek properties at this point?