Gary Oldman talks about what he'll be up to in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Feb 11, 2014

Things aren't going too well for humanity in the Planet of the Apes movies. 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended on a pretty serious humanity-killing-virus note, and the sequel promises to drop us right into the deep end of the ape apocalypse.

In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gary Oldman will be playing the "designated leader" of one community of humans. In an interview, Oldman revealed some details on what his character will be up to, along with some elements of the plot.

It's interesting -- Oldman describes his character as a former police officer who becomes a sort of elected official, but it's the "personal loss" Oldman mentions that seems to drive his character most. Yes, the plot on the surface is that his community needs power. Yes, there's a group of apes that stand in the way of getting it. But it's the way he'll choose to deal with that, "wipe them out," that makes the movie sound compelling.

Oldman describes his character as a hero, but I can't help but wonder if this film won't challenge the viewer to question the fine line between a hero who fights for vengeance and a hero who fights for the future.

(via Comic Book Movie)