The upcoming ape apocalypse sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has now procured its leading lady. Actress, Keri Russell has nabbed a co-starring spot alongside the recently-added Jason Clarke.
The actress, who became a 90's icon on Felicity, currently seen in horror thriller, Dark Skies and as a late Cold War-era Soviet sleeper agent on FX's The Americans, now joins this film whose details are still somewhat hush-hush. Also included in this cast are Gary Oldman, Terry Notary, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and a returning Andy Serkis who reprises his role as principal of the primates, Caesar from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Nothing as of yet was revealed about Russell's role, however, the assumption is that she will be the love interest or spouse of Jason Clarke's still-unnamed main protagonist character, possibly amongst a group of scientists holed-up in a near-future San Francisco overrun by apes. (Although they could just blow our minds and have her throw on a motion-capture suit to play Caesar's eyelash-batting monkey lover.)
While this sequel to the surprisingly-successful prequel/reboot takes a bit of a gamble by moving forward without its previous film's stars, James Franco and Freida Pinto, the return of Serkis, whose amazingly unforgettable performance as Caesar was the film's main attraction, should bring back most of the fans who made Rise a $482 million worldwide hit.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks to do worse damage to America than the time Felicity cut her hair when it hits theaters on May 23, 2014.