Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has just landed one of the leads in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the sequel to the prequel Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Deadline reports. The actor will be directed by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves, who also directed Smit-McPhee in Let Me In.
Smit-McPhee joins previously announced male lead Jason Clarke. No word yet on who both actors will be playing, but it seems safe to assume that they’ll make up the human side of the conflict with the damn, dirty apes.
The second chapter of the Planet of the Apes reboot series will chronicle hyper-intelligent ape Caesar’s (a motion-captured Andy Serkis) journey to ultimate world domination. The sequel will be set 15 years after the original and focus on two story threads: one involving the humans and their fight to stay alive amidst a ravenous plague, and Caesar’s own struggle to lead his fellow apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to hit theaters May 23, 2014.
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