Keri Russell Joins Cast of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Keri RussellCasting is coming together when it comes to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but the plot still remains a mystery, leaving most of these casting announcements to come with nothing more than a name attached.

The latest member of the cast is Keri Russell who can currently be seen in Dark Skies and with Apes will once again star for director Matt Reeves, who helmed five episodes of "Felicity" and wrote several more for the show that launched Russell's career.

Russell joins Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman who were cast previously in the film which is said to be set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and will focus on a group of human scientists struggling to survive alone in San Francisco, while Caesar (Serkis) attempts to maintain dominance over the newly formed ape kingdom. All else is unknown.

The film is targeting a spring shoot for its May 23, 2014 release. [Variety]

  • The Jackal

    This film is putting together quite an impressive cast list. Here's hoping the sequel can live up to or even surpass the original. Caesar (created digitally along with the mo-cap work of Andy Serkis) is one of the best characters of 21st Century cinema, even if the movie had some notable bad spots (pretty much everytime James Franco or Friedo Pinto show up).

    Thems the facts

  • SmartFilm

    Yeah I definitely don't think the original cast, sans Andy Serkis, will be missed. They were a little extraneous and the whole shoehorned love story was horrific. Other than that though, I really enjoyed 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'.