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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Grabs Keri Russell for the Human Resistance

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For a movie about a bunch of hairy apes, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ sure is building a terrific ensemble of human beings. Keri Russell is the latest name to join the cast, giving us further hope that the human side of this story will be as compelling as that of Caesar and his simian army.

According to Variety, Russell (who is currently starring in FX’s ‘The Americans‘ but is perhaps best know for ‘Felicity’) will play the female lead of the film, joining Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Kodi-Smit McPhee. However, as with ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ the real star of the film is Andy Serkis, who will once again bring super intelligent chimpanzee Caesar to life via motion capture.

The details of the project remain unknown, but we do know that the film will take place a decade after the events of the first film and will find humans struggling to survive in a ruined world while Caesar attempts to control his burgeoning ape civilization. One of the weaknesses of the otherwise really strong ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ was the human characters, who were never even close to being as interesting as the apes. We have our fingers crossed that director Matt Reeves is aware of this and has rectified it.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ will arrive in theaters on May 23, 2014.

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