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Gary Oldman to take his place amongst the primates in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Feb. 28, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Gary Oldman has played many awesome characters over the years, and is now set to join the apes.

The actor has taken a role in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES as the leader of a human colony. Oldman boards alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jason Clarke.

What's nice is that we also have some plot details as well:

Set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn finds most of humanity wiped out and the intelligent apes ruling over the world. Part of the film's focus is said to be on a small group of San Francisco-based scientists that are forming a resistance against the apes and part follows Serkis' Caesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES starts filming this Spring and will release in theaters on a May 23, 2014.

Source: ComingSoon

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8:44AM on 03/01/2013
The beauty of the first film was how it made something so implausible (apes with equal intelligence to humans) seem possible. Even realistic. So I don't doubt that the filmmakers will go to lengths to have continuity and to explain events. Some posters here have made good points about how this transformation could occur in 15 years time. The first movie was amazing; I hope this one can live up to the promise of that one.
The beauty of the first film was how it made something so implausible (apes with equal intelligence to humans) seem possible. Even realistic. So I don't doubt that the filmmakers will go to lengths to have continuity and to explain events. Some posters here have made good points about how this transformation could occur in 15 years time. The first movie was amazing; I hope this one can live up to the promise of that one.
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6:47AM on 03/01/2013
Yeah cos cavelry charges worked so well in world war 1 and as for a virus yeah it would kill so many before some one got wind of it and either cured it or quarantined said areas... the apes would not have a chance of defeating a single state in america let alone be the dominant species... the virus would not kill so many people before it was locked down. yeah if this was the forties or fifties i could believe it but now, no chance information moves faster then people. besides a global pandemic
Yeah cos cavelry charges worked so well in world war 1 and as for a virus yeah it would kill so many before some one got wind of it and either cured it or quarantined said areas... the apes would not have a chance of defeating a single state in america let alone be the dominant species... the virus would not kill so many people before it was locked down. yeah if this was the forties or fifties i could believe it but now, no chance information moves faster then people. besides a global pandemic would kill what at most 2 or 3 billion people. and with that number we'd still vastly out number apes, plus the virus acts to quickly to be truly dangerous... the impression i got from the film the virus is spread by fluid transmission and kills quickly. not a recipe for a dangerous virus, for a world wide devasting virus you would need a slow killing air borne virus that mutates rapidly kinda like the common cold but dangerous.
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5:33AM on 03/01/2013
By the way...outside of a few people, it is very possible that not many humans are aware of this virus...so the rest of the planet's population react far too late to it...contributing to it's spreading so fast. Thus 15 years might not be such a short space of time. It is certainly enough time for apes to learn to use a gun and ride a horse.
By the way...outside of a few people, it is very possible that not many humans are aware of this virus...so the rest of the planet's population react far too late to it...contributing to it's spreading so fast. Thus 15 years might not be such a short space of time. It is certainly enough time for apes to learn to use a gun and ride a horse.
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5:29AM on 03/01/2013
Not sure if many of you saw the first movie...or even stuck around for the end credits...but it's not the apes that wipe out humanity...it's the virus. The virus will put the apes in a dominant position...as possibly the next most intelligent species on the planet. That said...I thought it was the gas that made them intelligent...so how are all the other apes gonna get smart...unless the spreading virus affect apes too....but in a positive way.
Not sure if many of you saw the first movie...or even stuck around for the end credits...but it's not the apes that wipe out humanity...it's the virus. The virus will put the apes in a dominant position...as possibly the next most intelligent species on the planet. That said...I thought it was the gas that made them intelligent...so how are all the other apes gonna get smart...unless the spreading virus affect apes too....but in a positive way.
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4:12AM on 03/01/2013

Love Oldman ...

They have millenniums of time to play with humans on the brink and they can breed strictly with smart apes to maybe 100k. Even if they are the best at genocide. 100k each killing 1 a day for 15 years solid they are only killing at 7 times the birthrate. Look I am saying either keep the 15 years and make them a significant problem that have spread to where eradication is impossible, people are generally terrified -OR- make it like a 100 years. Cause the math supports bombs and missiles or i
They have millenniums of time to play with humans on the brink and they can breed strictly with smart apes to maybe 100k. Even if they are the best at genocide. 100k each killing 1 a day for 15 years solid they are only killing at 7 times the birthrate. Look I am saying either keep the 15 years and make them a significant problem that have spread to where eradication is impossible, people are generally terrified -OR- make it like a 100 years. Cause the math supports bombs and missiles or i guess mass starvation, but you get people hungry enough they will eat gorilla. It is too soon to see apes in tanks but I would love to see apes in military precision versus roving bands of hungry crazed humans and remember ... "Mass genocide is the most exhausting activity one can engage in, next to soccer." - Dogma
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4:50AM on 03/01/2013
Your right, 15 years is to short a time especially when the apes have the odd stacked seriously against them given maps expertise at war and the apes of obvious ineptitude at it, those apes that escaped at the end of the first film would be totally hunted down and destroyed in a couple of years. let alone lead a dominant and successful military campaign against the entire human race, they wouldn't win a campaign against Mexican cartels let alone a modern military like the US army.
Your right, 15 years is to short a time especially when the apes have the odd stacked seriously against them given maps expertise at war and the apes of obvious ineptitude at it, those apes that escaped at the end of the first film would be totally hunted down and destroyed in a couple of years. let alone lead a dominant and successful military campaign against the entire human race, they wouldn't win a campaign against Mexican cartels let alone a modern military like the US army.
5:39AM on 03/01/2013
one of us missed something. either i cant follow your math or you didnt pay attention to the fact that a month after the end of the first film, the plague would reduce the human population to almost nothing, making their numbers pretty manageable. and the smart apes breeding is exponential, so if one smart ape breed with 5 regulars, and two years later, those five regs offspring (presumably smart apes) do the same, thats 156 smart apes from one...in 3 years.
one of us missed something. either i cant follow your math or you didnt pay attention to the fact that a month after the end of the first film, the plague would reduce the human population to almost nothing, making their numbers pretty manageable. and the smart apes breeding is exponential, so if one smart ape breed with 5 regulars, and two years later, those five regs offspring (presumably smart apes) do the same, thats 156 smart apes from one...in 3 years.
12:54AM on 03/01/2013

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i don't want to nit pick or anything as i enjoyed the first film but how do at most a couple of hundred apes with the IQ's of barely eighty and a total world population of apes at just of over three hundred thousand kill 7 billion humans in 15 years? when man has been trying to exterminate ourselves for the better part of 30000 years?
i don't want to nit pick or anything as i enjoyed the first film but how do at most a couple of hundred apes with the IQ's of barely eighty and a total world population of apes at just of over three hundred thousand kill 7 billion humans in 15 years? when man has been trying to exterminate ourselves for the better part of 30000 years?
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6:56AM on 03/01/2013
It was a virus, that killed most of the humans...
It was a virus, that killed most of the humans...
12:30AM on 03/01/2013
I'm with Roy Batty in that I'd love for Oldman to play an ape! But the leader of a human colony is great too.

In related though not quite relevant Oldman news, I'm still puzzled to this day as why he took a role in the awful direct to DVD film "Guns, Girls and Gambling" alongside Christian Slater and Dane Cook. And how they managed to afford Oldman in the first place.
I'm with Roy Batty in that I'd love for Oldman to play an ape! But the leader of a human colony is great too.

In related though not quite relevant Oldman news, I'm still puzzled to this day as why he took a role in the awful direct to DVD film "Guns, Girls and Gambling" alongside Christian Slater and Dane Cook. And how they managed to afford Oldman in the first place.
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11:33PM on 02/28/2013

Sweet - You can't go wrong with Gary

And he looks like Hipster Gordon in that picture
And he looks like Hipster Gordon in that picture
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10:12PM on 02/28/2013
Wow. Great casting. This is shaping up to be one hell of a film.
Wow. Great casting. This is shaping up to be one hell of a film.
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10:07PM on 02/28/2013
Either he's a Human or Ape character, I'm just glad Gary Oldman is in.
Either he's a Human or Ape character, I'm just glad Gary Oldman is in.
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10:00PM on 02/28/2013
I want him to play an Ape!
I want him to play an Ape!
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10:13PM on 02/28/2013
Now that would be amazing.
Now that would be amazing.
9:55AM on 03/01/2013
That's what I initially thought the article was saying by its headline. Kind of let down that's not the case.
That's what I initially thought the article was saying by its headline. Kind of let down that's not the case.
9:35PM on 02/28/2013
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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