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Actor Jason Clarke, who earned acclaim for his role in Zero Dark Thirty, has been cast in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the franchise. It will follow-up the success of the 2011 prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed the news, stating that the film does take place 15 years after Rise, which featured James Franco. While most of the plot for Dawn is unknown, there will be two stories told. One features scientists surviving in San Francisco and another features the intelligent ape Caesar (Andy Serkis) taking command of his realm.
The producers include Peter Chernin, Dylan Clarke, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. Mark Bomback penned the script and Matt Reeves is directing.
As Indiewire notes, Clarke has been acting for years, starring in Showtime’s Brotherhood in 2006. He then appeared in Rabbit Proof Fence, Public Enemies and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. But it wasn’t until last year that he gained attention with roles in Lawless and Zero Dark Thirty.
He’ll next be seen in The Great Gatsby and White House Down.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is currently scheduled for a May 23, 2014 release.