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Gary-Oldman-aThe cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is starting to fill in and readers should be happy to learn that Gary Oldman is the latest addition. According to Coming Soon, Oldman has joined the cast as the leader of a human colony in the film. For those that missed the previous news, the new movie finds the human race struggling for survival fifteen years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

“One focus is on the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Another aspect of the story is the struggle of intelligent ape Caesar, played by a returning Andy Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.”

Deadline adds that Oldman will be playing a character named Dreyfus, who leads the human resistance after apes have taken power. Gary Oldman will be joined by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Andy Serkis. Production is set to begin this spring, with Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) directing, and a release date set for May 23rd, 2014. The script was written by Mark Bomback, from a draft by Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.