The upcoming sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes now has its star. Actor, Jason Clarke has been cast to play the primary character in this "monkey apocalypse" follow-up.
Clarke, a working actor in the business since the mid-90's, has recently began to make quite a splash with roles in Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, and in Baz Luhrmann's rendition of The Great Gatsby, which is set to hit this May. He now takes top billing in this follow-up to the 2011 franchise revival prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes alongside a digitally-rendered Andy Serkis, who will reprise his role as leader of the Ape revolt, Caesar.
While not much is known about the film's plot at this stage, it has been revealed that it will be set 15 years after the initial liberation of the drug-modified primates at a point where the world is overrun with their kind. The film will center around a group of human scientist survivors (presumably led by Clarke's character,) set up in San Francisco, which, in the last film, was ground zero for the Ape invasion. It will also focus on the continuing saga of Caesar and the political drama he must face amongst his bitter, banana-biting brethren over control of the Ape army.
In the build-up to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, pre-release reactions were somewhat tepid and incredulous, dismissing it as yet another contrived Hollywood reboot effort. However, it managed to strike a chord and the film would become a hit, grossing over $481 million worldwide. This was likely due to its impressive visuals and surprisingly-accessible pathos, rather than the presence of its star, James Franco; an idea that may come as a relief for this Franco-less sequel. It will also see Cloverfield director, Matt Reeves replace Rupert Wyatt at the helm.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes beats its chest at theaters on May 23, 2014.