Jason Clarke failed to pick up momentum during the recent awards season from his performance as Dan, the U.S. government-sanctioned interrogator featured in director Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty. Instead, he’s gotten something better: attention from the rest of Hollywood, helping Clarke secure an important role in the upcoming blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Clarke transitions properly into leading man status with the next Planet of the Apes movie, after years of solid supporting actor and television work (see: The Chicago Code). He’s also landed future employment, with a role in Oscar-winning writer and director Stephen Gaghan’s upcoming crime-thriller Candy Store, which Thor and The Avengers star Chris Hemsworth is currently attached to headline.
MTV interviewed Clarke on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Awards, where he revealed that he’ll begin working on Candy Store once production finishes on Dawn…, but also said “I can’t tell you what it’s about.” However, past reports have already revealed the premise involves a deep-cover government operative who attempts to start life over as a cop in Brooklyn; that is, until he realizes the global organization he’s battled for years is based in the city.
Gaghan won his Academy Award for writing Traffic, before writing and directing the political thriller Syriana (which landed George Clooney his Best Supporting Actor Oscar). However, Candy Store is closer to his early career output as a writer on the television series New York Undercover and American Gothic, rather than his more politically-oriented (re: awards-baiting) features.
That hasn’t prevented big names from being offered roles in Candy Store, with the list including Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington; meanwhile, Christoph Waltz (fresh off his Django Unchained Oscar win) is rumored to still be among those who are considering the project. Filming shouldn’t begin until later this year, seeing how Hemworth is appearing in Michael Mann’s new thriller this summer. Hence, it might be a while before any additional casting is finalized.
In the meantime, you’ll be able to catch Clarke on the big screen later this year, as he’s playing supporting roles in both Moulin Rouge! filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Roland Emmerich’s new action movie White House Down.