Gary Oldman has played many different roles, and now the iconic actor will take on a race of apes. On Thursday, Feb. 28 Comingsoon.net exclusively reported that the actor signed on to the upcoming action thriller "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" as the leader of the human colony.
The film is a sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" where a group of highly intelligent apes caused havoc in San Francisco. The sequel is expected to take place nearly fifteen years after the events of the first film, with apes outnumbering humans. With humanity in ruins, the apes rule the planet but the humans may still be the more intelligent species.
Oldman will portray the leader of a group of scientists who are leading a resistance against the apes, based in a similar section of San Francisco. The film will follow Caesar as the ape tries to lead the new world order amidst issues of power and authority.
Oldman's most recognized film roles include playing Commissioner Gordon in 2011's "The Dark Knight Rises" and Sirius Black in several Harry Potter films. The actor's upcoming projects include "Robocop" and the thriller "Paranoia" which are expected to release this year.
Actor Andy Serkis, well known for performance capture work, will return to the role of Caesar for the film. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is currently scheduled to release in theaters on May 23, 2014.
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