Judy Greer has reportedly signed on for the upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Although the actress has been added to the cast of the forthcoming follow-up, she won’t be playing a human in the feature. Greer has apparently signed on to portray a chimp in the science fiction flick.
“For so long I haven’t been able to say anything about it, so this is exciting!” she explained to the folks at Vulture. “It’s a very different kind of work than I’m used to. I’m not going to be wearing Manolo Blahniks in this one.”
The actress will portray a potential love interest for Caesar (Andy Serkis). Although the female chimp Cornelia was introduced in the first installment, the character will get more screen time in director Matt Reeves’ follow-up.
Judy Greer isn’t the only person who has signed on for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in recent days. The Arrested Development co-star will be joined by Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke in the sequel. The Road and Let Me In co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee is also on-board.
Although other actors have agreed to participate in the project, it’s doubtful any of them love the franchise as much as Greer.
The actress said of her Ape-themed wedding:
“We had a chimp husband-and-wife cake topper at our wedding. At the cocktail hour, we played ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ on two separate televisions in the bar area. And on the wedding gift I bought him, a vintage Rolex, I had it engraved, ‘Ape shall not kill ape.’ I was then told that, technically, it’s ‘Ape shall never kill ape,’ but there wasn’t enough space for engraving purposes.”
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was directed by Rupert Wyatt. The filmmaker was originally on-board to deliver the sequel for 20th Century Fox. However, Wyatt later dropped out of the project since he felt the studio’s schedule was jeopardizing the quality of the film.
20th Century Fox will unleash Dawn of the Planet of the Apes into theaters on May 23, 2014.