Jason Clarke, who gives a breakout performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” will star in 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, it isn’t clear who Clarke will be playing, but it is believed that some of the focus of the sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” will involve scientists struggling to survive in San Francisco 15 years after the events of the earlier movie.
Clarke had starred on the TV series “Brotherhood” from 2006-2008, and on the short-lived cop show “The Chicago Code” in 2011. He will also be seen in Baz Luhrmann’s 3D remake of “The Great Gatsby,” which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, and in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming action thriller “White House Down,” with Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Andy Serkis will return to play the intelligent ape Caesar, in a CGI-augmented performance, as per “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
Matt Reeves is attached to direct the project, which is both sequel and prequel (taking place, as it does, before the events of the classic 1968 “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston), from a script by Mark Bomback (“Unstoppable,” “Total Recall”), Scott Z. Burns (“The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Contagion,” “Side Effects”), Rick Jaffa (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) and Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”). Reeves is a J.J. Abrams camp alum, having directed multiple episodes of the TV series “Felicity” and the movie “Cloverfield.” He also helmed the vampire movie “Let Me In,” based on the Swedish film “Let the Right One In.”
The “Planet of the Apes” franchise originated with the novel “Planete de les Singes,” by French writer Pierre Boulle. Principal photography on "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is expected to begin this spring.