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TSRn: Judy Greer to Play Lead Female Ape in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

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News: Judy Greer is set to play chimpanzee Cornelia, a potential love interest for Caesar (Andy Serkis), in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Source: Vulture

Thoughts by TSR: I keep waiting for something to make me feel wary of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but every single bit of news has only added to my excitement. While Rupert Wyatt not returning to direct could have been an issue, every decision director Matt Reeves has made has been a good one. What's not to love about newcomers Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Gary Oldman?

Now we have our first ape alongside returning Andy Serkis, and it’s another really interesting choice. Judy Greer will be putting on the performance capture suit to play Cornelia, a potential love interest for Serkis’ Caesar. Cornelia was briefly seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but Greer taking over the part from dancer Devyn Dalton makes it clear that it will be a much bigger role this time around. Greer is an actress I always love seeing – or hearing in the case of Cheryl/Carol on FX’s “Archer” – and it should be interesting to see how she handles the performance capture. As she told Vulture, “It’s a very different kind of work than I’m used to. I’m not going to be wearing Manolo Blahniks in this one.” Check out the Vulture article for some fun quotes about her Planet of the Apes-obsessed husband, how Serkis encouraged her to try for a role, and having to be cautious with the film’s secrets.

We’re still over a year away from the May 23, 2014 release date, but everything seems to be going right for this sequel as the start of production nears. Here’s hoping that remains true all the way to release.

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