Thesp joins Serkis, Clarke, McPhee, Oldman in pic

Keri Russell has joined Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” as the female lead opposite Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman.

Fox has set the film for release on May 23, 2014. Matt Reeves replaced Rupert Wyatt, who directed 2011’s franchise reboot “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in October.

Casting reps a reunion for Russell and Reeves from the series “Felicity,” which starred Russell and ran for four seasons from 1998 to 2002. Reeves co-created the series with J.J. Abrams and directed several episodes.

Produced by Chernin Entertainment, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is set in an apocalyptic future more than a decade after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. Script is penned by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

Russell toplines Dimension’s sci-fi thriller “Dark Skies” and stars in the FX series “The Americans.”

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