“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, which starred James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto, was a surprise hit in 2011. Then its director left. Then Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) signed on. Now comes news that Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”) has signed on for a major role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel is set fifteen years after the events of Rise 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 Serkis’ Caesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization.

Reeves also directed the very good “Let Me In”, so I’m excited for this one.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.