Gary Oldman Joins ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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There has been a lot to keep track of recently regarding Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Matt Reeves’ sequel to the surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes – as the film’s cast is rapidly beginning to take shape.

Although we’re still not sure if James Franco will be returning for the sequel, we do know that Andy Serkis is coming back to work his motion-capture magic as ape leader Caesar, and we’ve learned that Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) have joined the cast in the past couple of weeks, as well. Now we can add another actor to that mix.

According to Coming Soon, Gary Oldman has signed on to the film to play the leader of the human resistance.

Oldman’s character will serve as Caesar’s main rival as he leads a small band of San Francisco-based scientists and survivors against the now powerful apes 15 years after their initial uprising, a development which served as the third act of the previous installment.

It’s another large role for Oldman in what should be a very big film in terms scope and budget. Of course, many moviegoers will remember him as Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, but Oldman has proven he can do much more over his lengthy career. He’s played villains (Air Force OneThe Book of Eli), real life figures (Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK), and even fantastical ones (Sirius Black in Harry Potter films), while donning a variety of different looks. So whatever the challenge may be, we know Oldman is up for it.

Some of the initial speculation surrounding Dawn was that the story would take place directly after the events of the first film. Some thought it might even be a continuation of the uprising, and though we still might get snippets of the chaos and the outbreak of the virus, it appears that the thrust of the plot will pick up well after the apes have seized control (but not so much that the humans are powerless).

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Oldman’s casting adds promise to a film that already has a considerable amount of excitement and anticipation building behind it. The current climate of optimism surrounding Dawn is certainly a far cry from the bewildered state fans were in a few years ago when news of the original reboot surfaced – that is, before Rise captivated audiences everywhere.

Look for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when it swings into theaters on May 23rd, 2014.


Source: Coming Soon

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  1. WHAT? Man, Gary. You’re better than this.

  2. This movie looks 10x more interesting with Oldman being cast alongside Jason. Isn’t it already official Franco won’t be back?

    • I’m pretty sure it was confirmed in an interview or something.

  3. Now this is good news. Gary Oldman is one of those guys that is good no matter how crappy the film is. not saying dawn is gonna be crappy, i hope it will be great, just saying hes one of those actors you can count on to deliver a good role.

    • Agreed Oldman is terrific

  4. Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman; this just gets better and better.
    I though Rise of the Planet of the Apes was absolutely fascinating. The moment I heard of the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and my anticipation rose. Then I heard the writers would be from the people who wrote Contagion, and that is perfect. After the ending of the first film it makes sense, and I think they’ll do a great job. Unfortunately Rupert Wyatt isn’t returning. And now this, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman, this is going to be great. This is already my most anticipated Film of 2014.

  5. Dear Gary Oldman,

    I know you like lots of money, but please do heavyweight performances and not this big budgeted hollywood machine stuff. You’re too talented to be wasted

    • Why are you writing off planet of the apes sequel? Gary’s last 2 roles outside of Batman Were solid roles (Lawless & Tinker Tailor). He has been taking on some good roles lately so be a little more optimistic.

      • He only has a single nod for an Academy Award (shockingly) and deserves more. I love Rise of the Planet of the Apes and am sure the sequel is great. But Gary Oldman needs more dramatic roles that will really test his talent like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

    • Maybe Hollywood offers him not such heavyweights parts because there only Depp ,Pitt ,Clooney it seems ? I think it´s not entierly his decision …

  6. Great cast so far!

  7. Sweet looking forward to the sequel even more now

  8. I adore Gary Oldman but he does seem to be turning into a ‘yes man’ when it comes to movies offers! Please don’t turn into Nicolas Cage

  9. Me Likey.

  10. I’ve been exited about this movie since i first heard it was happening and with the new casting additions i cant wait. And for those dissing Gary for his bigger budget movies e.g this, the dark knight trilogy and harry potter series, i personally see no problem with them as they’re movies his children can watch and by no means have been bad roles/movies. Also as mentioned above he has had solid roles in smaller movies inbetween.

  11. Awesome! So excited for Dawn, thought Rise was amazing, just hope this one is like 2 hours and 30 minutes, the first hour story and last hour and 30 minutes action and fast-paced story. What I just described is my favorite type of movie (hence Sherlock Holmes). This one has a good line of actors, gonna be great (I think anyway)

  12. Alright Commissioner Gordon! Gonna clean up that primate ridden town :)

  13. WOW is all I can say! This movie is going to be SO Good!

  14. Great addition to the cast and even if he looks like this…

    …I’ll still be excited!

    • When Daniel was talking about his bad-guy roles, Fifth Element (Zorg) was the first image I had in my mind. :-)

      • I was thinking the same thing. That, and the drug addicted cop in The Professional – he’s freaking brilliant in that film.

  15. Without any political or social commentary like the originals it’s just ‘Attack of the Hairy Guys’, Oldman or not. Put Olivier in the lastest ‘Die Hard’ movie and it’s still an embarassment; maybe only moreso. This kind of thing just makes those involved look bad.

  16. Gary Oldman is amazing, and his very presence will make this a better movie. I don’t understand why people would question his decision to be in the film. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was actually very good, and there are high hopes for the sequel.

    • especially compared to some of the other choices he made earlier in his career. they obviously didnt make him look bad then and this certainly will not now.

      • Yeah, the only role from his early career that I enjoyed was his portrayal of Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, otherwise he was pretty obviously a jobbing actor taking on any role in the hope it’d work out for him (and didn’t until Bram Stoker’s Dracula when he played Vlad himself, just a shame he seemed to have disappeared after The Fifth Element).

        • Did you watch Prick Up Your Ears, True Romance, State of Grace, JFK, The Contender, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead? Those were FANTASTIC performances.

          • I was referring more to roles like Lost In Space, actually that is the only one to come to mind right now, but that movie was horrible, my point was that Gary is probably not just taking these roles for the paycheck, and there is no way DotPotA will be as bad as Lost in Space. and doing films like LiS didnt hurt his image at all. maybe at the time they did a little but he obviously came back.

            • I don’t see why there is so much hate for Lost in Space. I would put the film on the same level as Fantastic Four. Oh, wait…. :-D

              Actually, I did enjoy some parts of LiS (Oldman being one of them), but it could have been a far better movie.

  17. I think this is fantastic news I loved the first one a lot I think Oldman and all these other actors will be awesome can’t wait for this

  18. GARY was great in Lost In Space….really enjoyed that movie…eventhough certain effects in it (the cgi creatures) wasn’t well done at all. Lost in Space also really didn’t have a great villian. Mr. Smith was suppose to be the primary antagonist…well…sort of…but the script didn’t give him much to do.

  19. Looks super bad…..why does it look so different from the first movie. looks darker……….