In ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar 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. Opening on July 11th in the US and July 17th in the UK, the cast for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is as follows. Humans: Jason Clarke as Malcolm, Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, Keri Russell as Ellie, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Malcolm’s son Alexander, Jocko Sims as Werner, Kirk Acevedo as Carver, Kevin Rankin as McVeigh, and Keir O’Donnell as Finney. Apes: Andy Serkis as Caesar, Toby Kebbell as Koba, Judy Greer as Cornelia, Terry Notary as Rocket, Karin Konoval as Maurice, Doc Shaw as Ash, and Nick Thurston as River, Caesar and Cornelia’s teenage son. Matt Reeves directs the film.
A formidable antagonist for the humans is Toby Kebbell’s Koba. The milky-eyed and scar-faced bonobo, introduced in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ Koba spent much of his younger life confined in laboratories, where he was subjected to experimentation in the name of science. In the decade following the apes’ liberation, Koba has evolved into a grizzled warrior who harbors a strong hatred of the human race, believing that the only good human is a dead human.
Caesar is compassionate and forbids his family of apes from killing innocent humans and those who don’t seek to harm them. Koba has a very different perspective, really because he’s spent most of his life in laboratories being neglected and abused. So he somewhat understandably holds a grudge against humans, he’s extremely vengeful…
Toby Kebbell: Yeah. Koba hates humans, and it’s warranted. He’s been abused, he doesn’t know the outside world, he doesn’t feel like an Ape. We discussed at the beginning that he couldn’t really quadruped, which is walking on all fours, and that’s something you learn in groupings of apes, it’s not an innate thing necessarily. And I think Koba and Caesar over these 15 years have really bonded in finding out what it really is to be an ape. So I think he holds that very true and very dear to himself: what it is to be an Ape… and humans disrupt that.
After being linked to the film for a while, Tom Hardy is now officially set to join Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant,’ a gritty thriller that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (‘Babel’, ‘Amores Perros’, the upcoming ‘Birdman) will direct for a fall 2015 release. Hardy had been linked to the project for several weeks but needed to work out his hectic schedule before fully committing. Hardy and DiCaprio previously worked together on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception.’ Will Poulter is also in negotiations to join the cast of ‘The Revenant.’
An adaptation of the Michael Punke novel ‘The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge,’ Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets mauled by a grizzly bear, and then is left for dead by cohorts who rob him. When he survives, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. Set to commence filming in September, Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark L. Smith co-wrote the script for ‘The Revenant.’ Tom Hardy has a number of projects on the horizon, including ‘The Drop,’ ‘Child 44,’ ‘London Road,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ the Elton John movie ‘Rocketman,’ a Kathryn Bigelow project, and the Kray Twins biopic ‘Legend.’ The official synopsis for the book can be read below.
While we’re almost 2 years away from the release of the hugely anticipated film, writer-director-producer Bryan Singer has just teased the treatment for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ The film will focus primarily on the returning cast members from ’X-Men: First Class,’ which includes Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, in addition to some younger versions of other mutants like the previously-teased Gambit and Nightcrawler. Gambit’s only big-screen appearance to date was in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ where he was played by Taylor Kitsch. Nightcrawler was played by Alan Cumming in ‘X2.’ It looks as if Gambit will be played by Channing Tatum in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’
‘Nymphomaniac’ Star Stacy Martin Joins The Likes Of Tom Hiddleston & Luke Evans In Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’
After directing the first two episodes of the upcoming new Peter Capaldi-lead season of ‘Doctor Who,’ Ben Wheatley, one of my favorite filmmakers working today, is gearing up to shoot his big screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel ‘High-Rise.’ With Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando and Dan Renton already set for the film, a new report brings word that ‘Nymphomaniac’ star Stacy Martin is also starring. Martin will next be seen in Matteo Garrone’s (Gomorrah) ‘The Tale of Tales’ alongside Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly. ‘Kill List’ and ‘A Field in England’ writer Amy Jump has penned the script with Film4 on board as backers. A 2015 release is expected.
James Gunn has just released the above teaser image of Michael Rooker as Yondu in ‘Guardian of the Galaxy.’ Accompanying the image the writer-director wrote, “#gotgpicoftheday Michael Rooker onset as Yondu. You’ll be seeing more of him soon. Yondu was not in the original script. I added him and wrote the role specifically for Rooker. I wasn’t sure Marvel was going to go for either idea, so I was relieved when they responded enthusiastically to both.” In related news, Marvel UK has debuted the following new character posters for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’
The stellar cast for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Batista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and if recent reports are true, Josh Brolin as Thanos. Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry and Enzo Cilenti co-star. The film arrives in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on July 31st before opening in the US on August 1st.