Judy Greer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Fans of cult comedy show Arrested Development and currently-airing animated comedy Archer are due for a treat: Judy Greer, best known as broody secretary Kitty Sanchez and psychopathic quasi-ditz Cheryl Tunt, will be voicing Cornelia, one of the supporting chimps, in Matt Reeve‘s upcoming sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

According to ComingSoon.net,

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set 15 years after the events of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and finds most of humanity wiped out and the intelligent apes ruling over the world. Part of the film’s focus is said to be on a small group of San Francisco-based scientists that are forming a resistance against the apes and part follows Andy SerkisCaesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization.”

Greer takes over the part from relative unknown Devyn Dalton, which suggests that Cornelia’s role will be enhanced in the sequel to Rupert Wyatt‘s 2011 release, possibly to provide a love interest for Caesar. The first film documented Caesar’s journey towards sentience; the second might well include his trying to build a new life for himself, especially given that James Franco‘s empathic scientist/carer will apparently not be returning.

Casting a recognizable actor as Cordelia suggests that, by the events of the new film, that simian-kind will have progressed to full speech, a giant leap towards their status in 1968’s original Planet of the Apes, which sees them having formed an intelligent society while mankind has regressed back to primitivism and incoherence.

Apparently Serkis, who co-starred with Greer in 13 Going on 30, encouraged her to meet with Reeves for the role. Greer herself has said that “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.” No word yet on whether Greer will also be taking up mo-cap duties for the role as Serkis famously does.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due out on May 21st, 2014 and will also star Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smith-McPhee. Till then you can get your breaking news on those damn dirty apes right here at AP2HYC.

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