In a bit of news that will disappoint fans of James Franco who only saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes just so they could catch a glimpse of Franco’s brilliance: rumours that he will not be appearing in the Apes sequel have gained further traction with the report that Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke has been attached to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
From a generation of Australian actors that seems to be starring in absolutely everything, Clarke has become the go-to guy in Hollywood for film roles that have been turned down by Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Guy Pearce, Liam Hemsworth, Joel Edgerton, Sam Worthington and any other Hemsworth brother who’d care to take a crack at it. All joking aside, his break-out performances last year as a bootlegger in Lawless and as a world-weary CIA torturer in Kathryn Bigelow’s manhunt epic have sent him rocketing to the top of casting agents’ wishlists. And for good reason too.
Directed by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves, the sequel will hopefully follow the tone set by RotPotA in telling a compellingly humane story that’s supported by state-of-the art effects and not the other way around. It’s uncertain what Clarke’s role will be, but considering the studios general reluctance to cast against type, it’s probably safe to say that he’ll play a bootlegging monkey torturer on the trail of chimp leader Caesar — the Osama bin Laden of hyper-intelligent primates.