Matt Reeves has already assembled an impressive cast of humans for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and he's now turned his attention towards the apes. Andy Serkis has been confirmed to return as Caesar, and he'll be pitched opposite of Judy Greer, who has come aboard to play love interest Cornelia.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" introduced Cornelia as a possible companion for Caesar, and it looks like that role will be expanded with Greer taking on the part. In a chat with Vulture, the actress discussed the unorthodox role, which will have her donning a motion capture suit.
"For so long I haven't been able to say anything about it, so this is exciting!" Greer exclaimed, adding that "it's a very different kind of work than [she's] used to."
She went on to detail her familiarity with the series thanks to marrying a die-hard fanatic. "I married a man who … I'm gonna use the word obsessed. He is obsessed with 'Planet of the Apes,'" she revealed. "We had a chimp husband-and-wife cake topper at our wedding."
The nuptials also included a cocktail hour that featured the original "Planet of the Apes" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" on television screens.
Oddly enough, however, she didn't seek out a role in the sequel at the urging of her husband; instead, it came from Serkis himself, who persuaded her to lobby Reeves for a part. After meeting with the director, she let him in on her knowledge of the series and "might have freaked him out a little bit."
Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come and more actors of this caliber are brought aboard to bring more personality to the apes, who should be even further evolved since fifteen years have passed between "Rise" and "Dawn."
They'll be squaring off against the likes of Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Gary Oldman when the film is released on May 23rd, 2014.
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