WARNING: This article contains some mild SPOILERS about the plot of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Continue reading at your own risk.
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Apparently, Gary Oldman doesn't like holding his cards very close to his chest. One week after spilling the beans that he's being courted for a role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," Oldman dropped some major details about the plot of the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," including a bit of a spoiler.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" begins 10 years after "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," with the Simian Flu wreaking havoc on humanity. A small group of survivors has been hiding out in San Francisco, but soon come face-to-face with hyper-intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis).
As far as how Oldman fits into the equation, the actor was extremely forthcoming about his character, Dreyfus, revealing tons of back story and some juicy plot points in an interview with MTV. Dreyfus is a former police officer who's been elected to lead a small community "of those that were lucky enough to survive the simian flu, the disease, and then the ensuing social uprising from it," Oldman said, adding that the character is fairly militaristic, especially when he makes a shocking discovery.
"[The community] need[s] 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 said.
"There's only one answer for him," Oldman said of Dreyfus's response to the discovery, "which is to fight, wipe them out," motivated in part because the character "has experienced great loss personally." Oldman sees Dreyfus "as the sort of hero of the piece," he revealed, crediting director Matt Reeves with infusing "Dawn" with vibrant characters so that the desolation of humanity in future entries in the franchise would be felt more sharply.
"He wanted to make it more of a human story and ... 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 first one, from the original," Oldman said.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" opens July 11.