Gary Oldman Joins Resistance And New Franchise in ’Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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It’s always good news when the great Gary Oldman decides to star in a new film. The presence of one of Britain's best actors can add class to even the crappiest piece of filmmaking (yes, we're looking at you Red Riding Hood). Soon, however, that pleasant sensation gets a bit dampened by a feeling which could be expressed as something along the lines of, "Oh man, not another blockbuster," followed by a Will Arnett-esque "C’mon!".

Oldman has done it again, although this time the blockbuster is a pretty awesome one: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy Award nominee has joined Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is set 15 years after the first part. He’ll play the leader of a human resistance group, with a military background and who, weirdly enough, once was a police commissioner (at least in the draft that The Hollywood Reporter apparently got their hands on).

Apes has already cast the up-and-coming Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and KodiKodi Smit-McPhee (The Road). Andy Serkis, of course returns the smartest ape in town, Caesar.

Before Oldman gets to fight monkeys, he’ll construct a certain RoboCop and play off against a bald Harrison Ford in the white-collar thriller Paranoia. Both no easy tasks.

Here's hoping, the acting legend will also find time to return as George Smiley in Smiley's People, the sequel to the brilliant Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.