Jason Clarke, best known for his turn as CIA intelligence operative in the acclaimed ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, has just landed his next role. He is reported to have signed on to ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, which is a prequel to 2011’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’.
Although there was some initial trepidation on the part of some fans on whether ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ would live up to predecessors, those doubts were soon gone when the film came out and it turned out to be a critical and commercial hit. The special effects were praised, the acting [especially Andy Serkis’ motion capture performance as the titular character] was considered strong, and the movie ended up making enough at the box office to warrant a sequel.
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ will be directed by Matt Reeves, and the film is rumored to be set 15 years after the events of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. There are reports that one aspect of the film will focus on Caesar trying to maintain control over the other apes, and another aspect is rumored to focus on the remaining human scientists trying to survive in San Francisco [clearly, the ending or ‘Rise’ was the beginning of the end for mankind].
It hasn’t yet been reported who Clarke will be playing in the film, but ‘Dawn’ is set to begin shooting sometime in the spring. Other cast members will likely be added quickly, especially if the film is set to begin shooting so soon.