After years of holding in secrets for Christopher Nolan, actor Gary Oldman now has a lot to say about his role in the upcoming post-apocalyptic ape showdown, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The not-so-subtle surprise of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes prompted 20th Century Fox to do the right thing and create a sequel. Nearly three years have passed since then and the studio has yet to reveal even a hint about the ape-versus-human showdown, but one of the movie’s stars, Gary Oldman, had a lot to say about the production.
“He’s the sort of designated leader if you will of this community of those that were lucky enough to survive the simian flu, the disease, and then the ensuing social uprising from it,” Oldman admits in a recent interview with MTV. “He was a police officer, so he’s more of the kind of elected leader of this (group). They need power and there’s a power station and some of my people go out to see if it’s operational, if it’s still out there, and then they discover that there’s a whole community of apes living there.”
Oldman also revealed that director Matt Reeves wanted to further explore the human dynamic of the film before bringing the focus fully to the apes, which audiences could see in the already planned follow-up to Dawn. “I see him as a sort of the hero of the piece. [Matt] Reeves was more interested in not just keeping the franchise alive but he wanted to make it more of a human story. He wanted to explore what had happened and keep it more focused to the human side of it before the story becomes the ‘Planet of the Apes’ as we know it from the first one, from the original.”
In Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (mo-capped by Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. There is an established peace between man and simian, but it ends up being short-lived, as both sides engage in a conflict that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s most dominant species.
The film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer. Expect it in theaters this year on July 11.