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Planet of the Apes Fan Judy Greer Lives the Dream, Is Cast as the Female Ape Lead in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I’m just going to go ahead and put the best part of Judy Greer‘s interview with Vulture about her Apes casting right up front: “It’s funny, because when I talk to my [Planet of the Apes-obsessed] husband about the movie, he’s like, ‘I don’t want to know! I do want to know! Do you think you should tell me? Don’t tell me!

Poor guy.

Greer, best known for her roles in Arrested Development and The Descendants (she voices Cheryl in Archer, too) has been cast in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as Cornelia, a lady chimp who briefly appeared in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and was set up as a potential love interest for Andy Serkis‘ Caesar.

Greer’s character was named after Cornelius, one of the main primates in the original Planet of the Apes… which Greer would know because, as she explained to Vulture, “I married a man who … I’m gonna use the word obsessed. He is obsessed with Planet of the Apes.”

“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.”

Yeah, Judy Greer’s husband. Deal with it.

Greer was convinced to go after a role in Dawn by Serkis, with whom she co-starred in 13 Going on 30 (“He played a human man in that one”). She then met with director Matt Reeves, whom she doubtless impressed with her vast Planet of the Apes knowledge. Well, kinda: “I think I might have freaked him out a little bit.”

OK. I’m officially on-board with this casting.

(via: SuperHeroHype)

Previously in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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  • Starman

    For me, Greer will always be Deadly Girl from The Specials.

    Awesome news, though.

  • Anonymous

    She is one of the funniest women alive – and wholly out-of-the-box! Great casting.
    Love that she not only maried such a geek, but actually embraced it.

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    …Which character in Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Was it a background chimp? The only women I can recall are Caeser’s mother (only briefly shown in the beginning) and Freida Pinto’s character, who was the standard passive movie girlfriend.

    I greatly enjoyed the movie, but wasn’t very impressed with its women characters, which makes me thrilled that they’re giving Judy Greer a starring role in the prequel sequel.

    Fingers crossed!

  • Brian

    The only part of this story I don’t like is the part where I’m not married to Judy Greer.

  • Brian

    … Cornelia. It says right there in the article. She wasn’t a major character, but she was definitely there. I do agree, though, that the movie should have done more with them. In fact, that you’ve forgotten her is a pretty clear sign they didn’t feature her that well.

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    Pfft. I can’t believe I missed that. My bad.

    But yes, even that name doesn’t ring any bells. And I watched the movie multiple times. Hm.

  • Brian

    I’ll be honest, it only stuck with me because I thought “Heh. Like Cornelius”, and then dimly recognized her a couple more times. She touches foreheads with him during the big breakout, I think. All the apes have reference names, by the way. Like the orangutan was Maurice, after Maurice Evans. Oh, except Koba, the scarred-up bonobo. He was named after Stalin.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I didn’t remember her, either. I just felt this vague sense of “A chimp in Rise with a Planet of the Apes name… that SOUNDS familiar…”

    I read that she had a bigger role in an earlier draft, so I’m glad she’s finally getting her due in the sequel.