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Keri Russell, Gary Oldman Join 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Keri Russell (photosKeri Russell photos) and Gary Oldman have joined the cast of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'.

Oldman will play "the leader of a human colony" while Russell will take the lead female role in the sequel to 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'

Andy Serkis, playing Caesar, is already set to return alongside newcomers Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

If you're wondering where the leads from the first film, James Franco and Freida Pinto (photosFreida Pinto photos), are, neither is expected to appear in the film.

Set 15 years after the events of the 2011 hit the film will follow small pockets of human resistance battling Caesar, with the virus now having spread globally and killed most of the human population. It will also focus on Caesar trying to maintain dominance over his evolved species.

"I was going to be a small part of the next one," Franco told MTV last year. "There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one."

"A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left."

"Now Rupert Wyatt is not a part of it so I don't know. My guess is I won't be in it. Nobody's talked to me since Rupert left."

Matt Reeves is set to direct the feature slated for release in May 2014.

March 7, 2013 |

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