Nobody was really excited about the 2011 “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” reboot (prequel?) after Tim Burton failed the franchise in 2001, but Rupert Wyatt, James Franco and Andy Serkis surprisingly managed to breathe new life into what seemed like a dead subject.
Subsequently, the hype is now back at heights for the next installment in the series, the 2014 “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” And while Wyatt and Franco are not attached to the project anymore, the behind and in front of the camera teams are coming together rather nicely.
Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” “Let Me In”) will be directing, Andy Serkis is once again going to humanize Caesar, while the actual human cast includes the previously confirmed Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee and now Keri Russell.
Russell is presumably going to be the female lead, but we don’t really know enough about the script to anticipate more. The former Felicity star could appear throughout the movie or she could very well only have a few scenes. After all, there was a time when we were told the focus was going to be on the apes, with only a couple of humans around.
I will tell you one thing though – after seeing Keri Russell in The Americans, she feels like a great addition to an already brilliant cast.