Aussie youngster Kodi Smit-McPhee is re-teaming with his “Let Me In” director Matt Reeves, the actor having signed on for one of the lead roles in Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, the sequel to 2011’s hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.
Smit-McPhee, who is coming off voicing the lead in “ParaNorman”, will join the previously cast Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), who will be playing the sequel’s adult male lead. No word on what role the two will be playing, but I’m guessing father and son?
Word is, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will be set 15 years after the events of the first movie, and follow intelligent ape Caesar (courtesy of mo-cap work by Andy Serkis once again) as he leads his fellow apes as they take over the planet. Meanwhile, there will also be a group of human scientists (led by Clarke, I assume) trying to find a cure to the virus that turned the apes intelligent, but is deadly to humans.
Smit-McPhee made his big Hollywood debut as a kid in 2009’s “The Road” with Viggo Mortensen, but he’s all grown up now, and should turn 17 during the filming of “Dawn”.
The sequel is set to raze the box office on Memorial Day May 23, 2014.
Via : Deadline