It’s humans versus apes in 20th Century Fox’s new film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” And though, as star Keri Russell points out, the title of the movie doesn’t bode very well for the humans, the actors in the movie make a point of saying this movie is about whether the two warring factions can live harmoniously together.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” took over WonderCon Anaheim 2014 with new footage that showed off director Matt Reeves’ style of using motion capture and 3D on location. Gary Oldman gushes to reporters that Reeves “changed the game” on the style of moviemaking because of the way the motion captured characters so seamlessly blend into their real surroundings.
“The movie has a completely different feel and a different look to it than anything you’ve seen previously,” Oldman says. “It’s spooky actually how real it looks.”
Master motion capture actor Andy Serkis creates part of that credibility. He reprises his “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” role of Caesar in “Dawn,” which picks up about 10 years later.
“We arrive at the beginning of the movie from ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ with Caesar 10 years on, so he is actually a much older character that is now a leader, a statesman-like figure,” Serkis says. “He has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, and therefore there’s a lot of gravitas in that performance. He’s more physically upright. He’s more human-like, I suppose, in his physicality.” Continue reading ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’: Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis promise new drama
I didn’t realize Gary Oldman speaks so slowly. That accounts for the brevity of this interview, but I was indeed speaking with Oldman and Keri Russell at WonderCon for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Hey, I’ll eat up my time listening to Gary Oldman talk. Let’s call it deliberate. As Troy McClure’s agent would say, these acclaimed actors play…. the humans. Ellie (Russell) and Dreyfus (Oldman) are survivors of the epidemic that wiped out most of humanity, and they are about to witness Caesar (Andy Serkis) bring the apes to power.
CraveOnline: Is a harmonious existence between humans and apes out of the question?
Keri Russell: Well, I think that’s the question of this film. No, and I think this moment there’s hope for it. This moment, that’s what we’re asking. Could it happen? Continue reading WonderCon 2014: Gary Oldman & Keri Russell on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes cast members Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight) and Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity), along with film director Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Felicity), will make an exclusive signing appearance at the BOOM! Studios booth during WonderCon in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, April 19. BOOM! Studios is the official publisher of Planet of the Apes comics.
Limited-edition WonderCon exclusive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prints illustrated by Garry Brown (The Massive, Sons of Anarchy) will be available for purchase for $20, and the cast will be available to sign them from 2:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the BOOM! Studios booth, #319, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The signing will be ticketed and a print purchase is required for the signing.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar that is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Twentieth Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worldwide July 11th, 2014. For more information, visit dawnofapes.com.
For tickets and information for WonderCon, visit comic-con.org/wca.
I have added 3 new behind-the-scenes shots from the film.
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