Variety is reporting that Keri Russell has become the latest actor to join the cast of the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Russell will play the still unidentified female lead in the film. She will join Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who have all signed onto the project in the last couple of weeks. The film will be directed by Matt Reeves and is a followup to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dawn is set 15 years after the events of Rise and finds most of humanity wiped out and the intelligent apes ruling over the world. Part of the film’s focus is said to be on a small group of San Francisco-based scientists that are forming a resistance against the apes and part follows Andy Serkis‘ Caesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization.