How much do you want to know about “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the upcoming “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” sequel directed by Matt Reeves? If your answer is “absolutely nothing, and you’re bananas for even asking,” then, first of all, that’s a rude response — and more importantly, you should turn away now.
Gary Oldman, appearing in theaters this week as part of the cast of “RoboCop,” spoke with MTV News about his work on the “Apes” sequel, and what fans can expect from his character and his story. The details he revealed go beyond what was teased in the first “Dawn” trailer . Again, if you’re not interested in knowing the basic premise of the new “Apes” movie, this is your last chance to look away. We’re not monkeying around.
(And we promise, no more puns or monkey business going forward. Except that last one.)
According to what the actor told us, Oldman plays “the designated leader” of a community of humans “who were lucky enough to survive the flu, the disease and ensuing social uprising,” following the apocalyptic credits sequence of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Oldman’s character was a police officer before the fall of civilization, and has subsequently been elected to lead over his group of survivors.
The human community, desperate to find power, ventures off to a nearby power station, to see if it’s still operational. There, the humans “discover that there’s a whole community of apes living there. We believed that they were all completely fire-bottomed and wiped out.”
They’re not wiped out yet, but that might change when Oldman finds out about the apes. “There’s only one answer for him: Wipe them out,” he teased.
Oldman justifies the character’s inclination toward violence because “he’s experienced great loss, personally.” Indeed, he views the character as “a sort of hero of the piece.” Oldman credits the ability to relate to not just his character, but the rest of the “Dawn” cast, to director Matt Reeves’ interest in finding the humanity in the film’s grand scale.
“He wanted to make it more of a human story,” said Oldman. “He wanted to explore what had happened, and keep it more focused on the human side of it, before the story becomes the ‘Planet of the Apes’ as we know it from the original.”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” arrives in theaters on July 11.