Yet another big name has joined Jason Clarke in the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It’s been revealed that Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee has been added to the sequel’s ever-growing roster.
Like Clarke before him, nothing is known about Smit-McPhee’s character. However, considering his age, he’s likely play someone who has only known the post-ape revolution world, possibly even Clarke’s son. It remains to be seen if he relates to James Franco and Freida Pinto’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes characters.
Smit-McPhee worked with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves previously on Let Me In, so it’s not much of a surprise that Reeves has chosen to cast the child actor. The work they did together on that movie was fantastic, so it’s exciting to see them paired up again on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Reeves is taking over the film after the departure of Rupert Wyatt. Mark Bomback (The Wolverine, Live Free or Die Hard) took a pass at the script, which was first written by Rise writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. The flick is said to take place 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes and focus on a group of scientists, some of the few people left in simian-controlled San Francisco. Meanwhile, Caesar, the ape who lead the revolution in the first film, struggles to hold on to his power after all these years.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is expected to start shooting in the spring for a May 23, 2014, release.