February 22, 2013


Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) has been cast as a lead in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  When the sequel added Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) just a few days ago, we learned that the plot would be set 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes and involve  “the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco.”  We still don’t know exactly how Clarke and Smit-McPhee fit into the story, but they’re both solid additions.  Also featuring the return of Andy Serkis in his phenomenal role of Caesar, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due out May 23, 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

kodi-smit-mcpheeDeadline reports that Smit-McPhee will once again join a Reeves picture, this time in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The duo previously worked together in Reeves’ last directorial effort, Let Me In.  Reeves recently stepped in to replace director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) who left the picture citing creative differences.

Details on the plot are still being kept under wraps but we do know that Caesar is struggling to maintain dominance over his kingdom after a decade and a half since their intellectual awakening.  Also, James Franco is not expected to return.  While I fully expect Smit-McPhee to play a human character on screen, there’s always the possibility that he’ll join Serkis in the mokap suits and play a teenage ape, but that’s probably silly, right?

Smit-McPhee recently voiced the titular protagonist in the Oscar-nominated ParaNorman, and has a busy schedule ahead of him that includes A Birder’s Guide to Everything, The Congress, Romeo and Juliet, The Wilderness of James and The Young Ones.

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