It appears that next year's sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be graced with the presence of one of the movie biz's premiere chameleons in Gary Oldman.
He's fought alongside Batman, taken on Soviet spies, broke up The Sex Pistols, and has even escaped from Azkaban. However, according to the report by Deadline, Oldman has been thrust into this ape apocalypse allegory as a character called "Dreyfus," described as a leader in the human resistance movement. Putting that into context, this film, a sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will reportedly take place some 15 years after the last film in a world that is overrun by the Adderall Apes. The focus will shift between a small group of San Francisco-based scientist survivors and a returning motion-captured Andy Serkis as principal of the primates, Caesar.
With the recent announcement that Jason Clarke of Zero Dark Thirty was cast as the film's still-unnamed protagonist, we can assume that he heads the small ragtag group who eventually meet up with Oldman's larger, more formal resistance cell. However, it's still anyone's guess whether Oldman's character will be a friendly sage type or if he ends up being an unhinged megalomaniacal antagonist created by the unfavorable elements of the ape apocalypse.
Regardless, the addition of Oldman, just coming off his final go as James Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises and soon set for next year's RoboCop remake, is a great coup for this sequel which makes the somewhat risky move of not featuring its previous star, James Franco. A name like Oldman's attached to the film should alleviate some of that risk.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes flings bodily waste at paying onlookers at theaters on May 23, 2014.