Before he directed Cloverfield and Let Me In, Matt Reeves was best known for creating the TV series Felicity, starring Keri Russell. Now he’s reuniting with the actress, as Variety reports she’s has signed on to play the female lead in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
No details on her character have been released, but she’ll co-star alongside Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis, who’s returning to the motion capture role of super-intelligent ape Caesar. The movie opens 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, when the world is fast becoming overrun with apes, while a group of San Francisco scientists try to survive in this brave new world. Things aren’t perfect amongst the simians, as Caesar is starting to lose control of the animal kingdom.
Matt Reeves (Let Me In) is directing from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The movie should start shooting in the next few months, ahead of release next summer.