Gary Oldman is no stranger to big-budget franchises, with his role as Sirius Black in Harry Potter being just one in a long list of successful films. The latest addition to that list is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the upcoming second film in the new Planet of the Apes series.
Screenrant reports that Oldman has revealed that the film plot centers around a group of humans who have survived the ape virus that infected the world at the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In an interview with MTV, Oldman said of his character in the film,
“He’s the sort of designated leader if you will of this community of those [who] were lucky enough to survive the simian flu, the disease, and then the ensuing social uprising from it…. And they need power, and there’s a power station, and some of my people go out to see if it’s operational, if it’s still out there, and then they discover that there’s a whole community of apes living there. We believed they were all completely fire-bombed and wiped out…”
Oldman then continued by discussing the motivation of his character, who wishes to see the end of the apes:
“He’s experienced a great loss, personally, and there’s only one answer for him, and that’s to wipe [the apes] out. I see him as a sort of the hero of the piece.”
Of director Matt Reeves, Oldman revealed,
"He wanted to make it more of a human story. He wanted to explore what had happened and keep it more focused on the human side of it, before the story becomes the Planet of the Apes as we know it from the original."
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to hit American theaters on July 11, 2014. Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know in the comments!
Yes, Potter and Star Wars fans, you have indeed read correctly! Empire Magazine reports that during an interview with Sky Movies, Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) confirms that he has been contacted about a possible role in the anticipated new addition, Episode VII.
Although nothing is set in stone, and with him not revealing too much, Oldman admits,
"They've called, yeah. I'm more cynical about it now; I believe it when I'm on the plane home. You know, the deal isn't done. But yeah, they've inquired."
After already being involved in worldwide known projects such as Batman, Planet of the Apes, and of course, Harry Potter, it would certainly be something to see him make an appearance in a film with another huge fanbase.
Newly directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie has already been holding screen tests and open auditions all over the world. Filming is set to start relatively soon and should be in cinemas by December 18, 2015.
What do you think? Would you like to see Gary Oldman in the new Star Wars episode? What type of role would he be best suited for - hero or villain? Let us know with your comments.
It was a celebratory night for two members of the Harry Potter family on Sunday at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. The Mirror reported that Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) was honored with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film. It was presented to him by none other than John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander). During his acceptance speech, Oldman expressed his thoughts on critics and reviews:
"I read them less than I did, but once they're out there you're aware of them because you've got agents and managers and friends and family. People are looking at them, you know they're there and they exist, and if your movie isn't doing so well...I've been in a few stinkers.
"There were a few 20 years ago that were a little...When they got personal, I think that's a boundary, when they step over that line. You get a lot of bloggers..."
He also acknowledged Dilys Powell, whom the award is named after.
"They're presenting me with the Dilys Powell award, who was a knowledeable film scholar. She wasn't just someone who sat down at a computer and thought, 'Now I'm a reviewer'.
"We're in an age where I think people can hide behind the computer."
Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron added to his long list of wins for Gravity, where he was announced as director of the year. Tim Webber, who is responsible for the special effects on the hit sci-fi movie, also won an award for technical achievement.
If you're a Potter fan who lives in or around Los Angeles, we've got an exciting opportunity to tell you about! Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films, will be appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 17, and the website 1iota is offering free tickets to the taping!
Oldman will likely be promoting his upcoming film, Robocop. The only catch to getting these free tickets is that you must be 18 or older, and you must have a 1iota account (which is also free). Register for your free tickets here!
Our talented Harry Potter alumni certainly have been busy this past year, and while there are only a few more days left in 2013, the stars are still hard at work. For the last time in 2013, it’s MuggleNet Role Call!
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) continues to expand upon her filmmaking career as a director, filming a music video for Nowness. The star tweeted her excitement about the video being published on the Nowness website.
The video stars Once Upon a Time in Wonderland actress Sophie Lowe, who both wrote and sings the song for the video, Riding Solo, which you can view here. Bonnie also explains her creative process:
“My film concepts always begin with the particular emotion I am trying to evoke, say the sadness of loss. I then collect references [and] inspiration and write lots of disjointed sentences from light directions and thoughts to actual dialogue. Then the way I work with my crew is very collaborative; I need them to be as emotionally invested as [I].”
Another poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), has been released, featuring photos of the cast in the form of hotel keys. You can view the poster here. In addition, Fiennes can be seen on December 30 when he visits the ladies of The View to talk about his film, The Invisible Woman. Check your local listings for showtimes.
Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald) has been named one of the new faces for Burberry’s English Rose collection for the 2014 spring/summer campaign. You can check out some of the spoiler photos for the coming collection here.
Jessie Cave (Lavendar Brown) brings you Christmas greetings! The actress performs a few Christmas carols with some friends in this comedic YouTube video, "Carollers." Enjoy by watching below!
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) may be waiting to find out if she will win the Golden Globe for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the mini-series Burton & Taylor, but she's still keeping her eye out for other roles. According to a report from Variety, the star is currently in talks to join the historic drama Sufferagette with actress Carey Mulligan. The film is based on real-life events and follows “soldiers of the early feminist movement: women who were forced underground in a dangerous game of cat and mouse”.
For those MuggleNet fans who have access to ITV and CITV, make sure you check out a special reading of Dustbin Dad, airing on December 26 and December 28. You might recognize the narrator of the story – Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick/Griphook) who recently participated in MuggleNet’s holiday video and will be joining Bookaboo to read the story by Peter Bently and Russell Ayto. The actor also tells Expose Entertainment that his children give him critical feedback for his roles.
“As an actor I often have scripts at home to rehearse, and yes, I will perform them out loud for the kids and just see what they think. They're my fiercest critics sometimes but then again my biggest supporters as well.”
New images for Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have been released only days after the official trailer was made available. The images further highlight the intensity of the trailer, evoking a sense of unease. The three up-close images of the major stars of the film, including Oldman, can be seen here.
Well, that’s it for 2013 casting news. We can’t wait to see what our favorite cast get up to in the new year. Bring on 2014!
The first official trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, starring Gary Oldman, has been released. As we reported yesterday, four posters for the film were made public, along with the announcement that the trailer would be revealed today. Oldman plays a character called Dreyfus, and from the trailer, it appears that his character could be a major one in the film.
What did you think of the trailer and Gary’s character? Will you be watching the film when it premieres in July? Tell us what you think in the comments below!