Chernin Entertainment is in pre-production and gearing up for a March, 2013 filming start date in New Orleans, Louisiana on "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the sequel to its blockbuster 2011 hit feature film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". With a $93 million budget and over $483 million at the box office return on "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," this second film in the reboot series of films is being highly anticipated. Principal actor casting for the film's lead roles and co-starring roles are being cast in Los Angeles, with additional casting to take place in New Orleans. All extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins will be cast throughout filming in New Orleans.
Details on how talent can submit for acting roles, and registration information for extras can be found on the following casting post:
The extremely talented and necessary actor returning is Golden Globe winner Andy Serkis as the ultra-intelligent genetically altered ape Caesar. Serkis is the most highly respected and critically acclaimed motion capture actor in the entertainment industry, and has won many awards for that type of work including a Screen Actors Guild Award. Some of his credits include Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, Universal Pictures' "King Kong," Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes".
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt was set to direct "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" but exited in mid-September due to his concerns about having a movie ready by the May 23, 2014 release date. Fox drew up a shortlist of possible replacement directors, and chose Matt Reeves.