Jason Clarke Joins ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’; Set 15 Years After ‘Rise’

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Fox is gearing up to shoot Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in the Spring, with Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) taking over as director and Andy Serkis reprising his lauded motion-capture performance as simian revolutionary Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes – the 2011 prequel/reboot that restored life to the 45-year old sci-fi movie franchise.

Dawn picks up fifteen years after the events of Rise, which culminated with Caesar escaping the confines of an abusive primate sanctuary and leading his fellow non-human inmates to seek refuge in the forest near San Francisco. Meanwhile, human kind has been ravaged by the genetically-engineered virus inadvertently unleashed during the previous film, leaving most of the population dead (including Caesar’s adapted human father and the scientist responsible, played by James Franco).

Heat Vision is reporting that one of the human leads in Dawn is Jason Clarke, though his character remains under-wraps. The most recent script draft penned by Mark Bomback (The Wolverine), who came aboard after Reeves took over from Rise director Rupert Wyatt, features two story threads, which can be summarized as follows:

One focus is on the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Another aspect of the story is the struggle of intelligent ape Caesar, played by a returning Andy Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.

Clarke has been in the ‘biz for almost twenty years, appearing on television shows like Brotherhood and The Chicago Code, as well as playing roles in such films as Public EnemiesWall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Lawless in recent years. However, it’s his performance as an unflinching interrogator (re: torturer) in Zero Dark Thirty that’s helping to catapult him to leading man status, similar to his ZDT costar Chris Pratt joining Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition, Clarke appears in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Roland Emmerich’s White House Down in the upcoming months. Suffice it to say, he’s having a good year already.

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Caesar returns in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Wyatt balanced B-movie action and thrills with a Shakespearean tragedy of fathers and sons in Rise, with audiences proving very responsive to his approach telling the story from Caesar’s perspective. However, in my humble opinion, the movie was not as effective with human elements and political overtones as it might have been, and by the sound of things, the sequel is already taking steps to improve in those areas.

Reeves, if nothing else, knows how to craft an entertaining blockbuster, while also finding the emotional core of a story (even within a far-fetched sci-fi setting). Similarly, for me, Clarke is a definite upgrade in the leading (hu)man category over Franco, so this particular sequel appears to be on the right track, taking all things into consideration.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on May 23rd, 2014.


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  1. The Science was flawed too…

    • Agreed. It is literally impossible for a chimp to speak. Its physically impossible for apes to speak because of the way their vocal cords are made. Now, in the 2nd film if they can explain how the apes are able to talk, that would be much better. For example, they could say that from the enhanced virus it somehow mutated the apes vocal cords giving them the ability to speak. Idk something like that. Something to show scientifically how apes could actually speak.

      But I will add though, I really did enjoy the movie. It deff surprised me. I very interested on what they can pull off for the 2nd.

      • The explanation is that it’s okay to fudge a few things in a fictional story. Amazing!

      • Really? It is a science fiction movie. What is the pull to make it explainable? While im appreciative for the science lesson (never knew) it needs no explaination as im sure a very large percentage of moviegoers did not know this and could care either way.

        Maybe it was just their evolution at that time and a catalyst helped.

        /shakes fist Curse you Nolan!! ;)

      • actually the only one that spoke was Caesar and we already know he was born different

        • I think you guys miss my point. Science procedurally, isn’t done as portrayed in the movie. If you want to get into the nitty gritty of the science though the genes encoded into Caesar would have come from father and mother at conception which happened Before Caesar’s mommy received the therapy!

      • 98.4 % of Genetic Code is shared between Humans and Primates. With such a close genetic code, Apes are intelligent, just cannot speak because their vocal cords sit higher than humans.

        But, Apes have been known to learn to Sign Language, evidence by Coco the Ape.

        Now for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

        Caesars mother was a test subject for ALZ 112 which like any vaccine has to have matter taking from a human. It was infused into her, and then passed on her genetically, so that 1.6 % genetic code missing from the Apes, the part that allows speech could have been passed on. Caesar learned and developed his intelligence over 5 years, he adapted quickly and learned.

        Now for a theory on how Primates could speak. Technology is there, it just has not been adapted.

        So, who knows what Primates can learn in their next stage of evolution.

        • @Jeff W

          I agree with what you said here. I don’t think any of the other chimps that were simply infused with the retro-virus were able to speak. Caesar was definitely somewhat different from a regular chimp possible from a physical stand-point as well…

      • If i remember right from the film, they explained Caeser’s DNA shown more improvement with tests Will took notes over with him than Apes like his mother who already been treated with the viris. Casaer was born with those green eyes & as he grew older, got smarter than his own mother, & mostly evolved to the point where he was the first ape to speak. The others may take more time or it will be their offspring who will speak like Caeser.

        That’s what im guessing.

  2. Great article. I agree that the movie needed more human elements, if it had there would have been a more conflicted feeling about the “Rise of the Apes” instead of the audience just wanting the monkeys to maul every person to death on that bridge.

    • I wasn’t one of them but I did root for the apes mainly because we’d seen Caesar struggling to fit in and had reason to cheer him to freedom.

      Then again, the human parts were focused mainly on Franco, Lithgow and Felton and it never felt to me like we were meant to pay much attention to anybody else.

    • @Willie

      Really? There were monkeys on the bridge scene? I’ll have to see it again… ;-)

  3. Yes! Finally some news about the next Planet of the Apes. I liked the last one allot. I wonder how they are going to do this next movie with the Scientists trying to survive and stuff?

  4. when you get chills because you know ceasar will be more than epic in this film smh.

  5. Meh……..

    Im not a big fan of this series. I didn’t care for the last film, but I really hope this does better.

  6. Hmm since james franco character is dead in the sequel are they gonna do a flashback of how he died? And cant wait to see ceasar again

  7. I watched the movie again and you can kind of see a resemblance between Roddy McDowall and Ceasear. Some of the behaviors are the same as well.

  8. Great casting choice.

  9. Oh and I forgot.

    Primates can Talk, it is possible. Caesar applied the same Principal of “Speaking” as Parrots do. Avians do not have vocal cords, but Parrots and other mimicking birds alter their trachea to produce the sound of “spekaing”. So in theory a primate could learn to use his vocal cords in an adaptive manner.

  10. That picture is hilarious. He’s doing the “Steven Seagal” as I like to call it. Look at the cover picture for a lot of Steven Seagal movies. You’ll notice in like 90% of them he’s holding the weapon sideways just so you can see it better in the picture, but thinking about it logically, there’s no way he’s aiming the weapon that way, lol.

  11. this movie’s probably gonna suck. we had a prequel already. we know what happened, the very beginning of the planet of the apes… WHY RUIN IT? i mean, do we really HAVE to know what happened after that? what ever happened to “use your imagination”, huh?

    • By that logic why did we need the last one, or any movie at all for that matter?

      • One prequel would have served us just fine. Who makes a sequel to a prequel? Isn’t that what the original is for? All we needed to know was the origin, not the ENTIRE conquest. We have that already. It’s called Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

  12. I’m interested to see what has happened over 15 years. Yes, the virus kills most of humanity and gives apes intelligence at least the same level as humans. Still, their had to be a percentage of the population that is immune to the virus and it’ll be interesting to see how the survivors of the human race are treated under the ruling primates. Will we eventually see a human revolution akin to Ceaser’s in Rise? I’m hoping it could lead to that but probably not until an Apes 3.

  13. 1st film was s**t. Glad they killed Franco off

  14. I thought the First Film [Rise of the Planet of the Apes] was Fascinating. I’m psyched for the Sequel. This news here just makes my anticipation rise.

  15. Not saying the movie was bad, but remind me again why we needed to reboot the franchise? IMO, the original five films were great and i wish we had left them alone. But i did think the movie was pretty decent,

  16. The previous film was better than Tim Burton’s remake which was ok till the ending ruined it for me. I watched the original films not long ago can’t wait to see how these new films pan out to be different in the same way to show how things got that bad. Linda Harrelson was hot in the first two films. Cerina Vincent imo looks alittle like her. Can’t imagine how hot it would be wearing those costumes back then,lol.

  17. So, the original director left, citing not enough time to do the film justice – and the original star subsequently ignored, there was a rewrite with less than a year to film and publish, and it’s going to be about a bunch of scientists holed up in survival mode (sounds like Day of the Dead – and I’m guessing it’s cheaper and quicker to film humans).

    I call clusterf&*k with tons of studio interference.