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Gary Oldman Fights the 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

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Gary Oldman continues his conquering of as many tentpole franchises as possible as he signs on for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," according to Deadline.

"Dawn" takes place 15 years after the events of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011), with Caesar (Andy Serkis) rising in power as the leader of the ape revolution as a group of human scientists struggle to survive in San Francisco. Oldman will be playing Dreyfus, the leader of the human resistance — and, wouldn't you know it, a former police commissioner.

Oldman joins a cast that includes his "Lawless" co-star Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who previously worked with director Matt Reeves on "Let Me In."

"Apes" makes for the latest in a long line of franchises for Oldman, who appeared as Sirius Black in the "Harry Potter" series and last summer completed his tenure as James Gordon in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy. He'll also be appearing next year in the "RoboCop" reboot (along with a non-Nolan Batman, Michael Keaton).

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" will hit theaters on May 23, 2014.

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