The sequel film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has added Australian actor Jason Clarke to the cast. He will play opposite Andy Serkis in the film, which isn’t due in theaters until the summer of 2014. Matt Reeves in directing.
According to THR, Jason Clarke’s role is still up in the air, but the sequel will take place 15 years after the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It is also reported that one aspect of the film will involve a group of scientists struggling to survive in San Francisco, while another part of the film will follow Caesar’s struggle to maintain dominance over the other sentient simians.
Jason Clarke will no doubt replace James Franco as the star of the sequel film. A few months ago, Franco gave an interview where he said he’s not expected to return to the Planet of the Apes reboot series. It’s a shame, because he was pretty good as Dr. Will Rodman, the scientist who gave Caesar his new abilities. Just to be clear, Clarke is not expected to play the same character.
Jason Clarke had a busy 2012. He appeared as a CIA agent in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, which starred Jessica Chastain. Clarke also appeared with Chastain in the Prohibition-era crime drama, Lawless. He gave standout performances in both films, so it would be great to see him front and center with Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Clarke will also be featured in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby film adaptation later this year.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters everywhere on May 21, 2014.