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Jason Clarke, fresh from his time torturing detainees in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty”, will hopefully be bringing that same kind of “anything it takes” attitude to Matt Reeves’ “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, the fast-tracked sequel to Fox’s 2011’s hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.
THR doesn’t know what role Clarke will play in the sci-fi sequel reboot, but it is the male lead.
The trade also has our first details about the film’s plot, the biggest of which is that the movie will be set 15 years after the events of “Rise”, which I guess means there’s no need to have Franco and the first film’s human cast back. (Maybe a cameo by a grizzled, bearded Franco, perhaps?)
As for the plot:
One focus is on the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Another aspect of the story is the struggle of intelligent ape Caesar, played by a returning Andy Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.
Although he got his big break in Bigelow’s Award-winning “Zero Dark Thirty”, Clarke is one of those guys who has been toiling in Hollywood for years now. He also fronted his own TV cop show called “The Chicago Code” that didn’t get a whole lot of love a few years ago.
Matt Reeves (of “Cloverfield” fame) takes over the directing reins from Rupert Wyatt, who ditched the sequel on grounds that he wouldn’t have enough time to make the film he wanted. Reeves, apparently, didn’t have that issue, and is expected to start production on the sequel sometime this Spring.
(Don’t shed a tear for Wyatt, though. He’s currently in talks to direct “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington.)