It appears that next year's sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be featuring some monkey love. (And you won't even have to wait patiently and creepily at the zoo to see it.) It is being reported that actress, Judy Greer will don a motion capture suit to play Cornelia, the amorous ape love interest of Andy Serkis' returning chimp chieftain, Caesar.
Greer actually brings a resume of TV and film appearances that is quite vast. Known for her roles in Three Kings, The Descendants, an array of romcoms, and her run on Arrested Development, she is currently a regular on Two and a Half Men and is also the voice of Cheryl Tunt on Archer. She now takes this role of Cornelia, which was likely inspired by the ape character, Dr. Cornelius, famously played by Roddy McDowall in the original Planet of the Apes film. Monkey couple, Cornelia and Caesar (Caenelia?) will run parallel to the lead human couple comprised of Keri Russell and Jason Clarke.
Cornelia actually appeared briefly in the previous film, 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes played by dancer, Devyn Dalton. Now, with the role expanded, the experience for Greer will actually fulfill a dream...well, that of her husband, who she muses is "obsessed" with Planet of the Apes and is a collector of various Apes-related nicknacks. She further reveals in the report that the obsession even manifested in the form of a chimp husband and wife cake topper at their wedding.
Greer joins the ever-growing cast of this primate prequel-sequel (minus previous stars, James Franco and Freida Pinto) that features the great Gary Oldman, Terry Notary, Kodi Smit-McPhee, as well as the aforementioned Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Andy Serkis.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets busy in the ape apocalypse when it hits theaters on May 23, 2014.