You know Judy Greer — the affable best friend/romantic rival/quirky shopkeeper from Elizabethtown, 27 Dresses, Lollilove, 13 Going on 30, Love and Other Drugs, Adaptation., American Dreamz... the list goes on. Though a comedy staple in film and television, Greer is unfairly stuck with the "supporting" brand time and time again. So what will it take for her to evolve to a lead role? To become a Hollywood blockbuster's center stage female — a heroine, an adventurer, a love interest for a brave knight? We've got it: she'll have to be a monkey!
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Apparently, all it takes to kick Greer up in billing is a few extra opposable phalanges and an extra coat of body hair. The actress tells Vulture that she has taken a role in the upcoming Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes... as a mo-capped primate, in the vein of Andy Serkis' hero Caesar. But Greer won't be just any ol' bonobo — the Arrested Development vet is adopting the character Cornelia, the love interest for the central chimp.
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The role was embodied in the first movie (in a much smaller capacity) by dancer Devyn Dalton; the addition of Greer could possibly suggest a dose of humor being injected into the Planet of the Apes follow-up. Hopefully, this isn't just a misdirect before Caesar realizes his one true love a the gibbon played by Jennifer Garner. We can hope that the Planet of the Apes-era Hollywood has a little more integrity than that.
So let us welcome Greer into the splendor that is Serkis' mo-cap world — here's a reminder of the trade's master, a video of Serkis talking his Rise of the Planet of the Apes performance back when the movie hit theaters.
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The blonde catwalk queen has spent several years boosting her acting resume, shooting small roles in Clash of the Titans and a remake of 1996's Pusher, as well as landing an acclaimed part in The Leisure Society in London's West End earlier this year (12).
She has now been chosen to play the lead, Chris Guthrie, in a big screen take of writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon's tale of social hardship in 1930s Scotland.
Filmmaker Terence Davies will direct the movie, while War Horse actor Peter Mullan will co-star.
Deyn tells Vogue, "When I read the script I fell completely in love with the character and the story, I'm so honoured and excited to be working with Terence, he's such an incredible director.
"I can't wait to get started and just hope that I can do Chris Guthrie justice!"