Acting auditions and extras casting for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes New Orleans Auditions

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has found its director in Matt Reeves.
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Chernin Entertainment is in pre-production and gearing up for an April 2, 2013 filming start date in Vancouver, BC on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the sequel to its blockbuster 2011 hit feature film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. With a $93 million budget and over $483 million at the box office return on “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this second film in the reboot series of films is being highly anticipated. Principal actor casting for the film’s lead roles and co-starring roles are being cast in Los Angeles, with additional casting to take place in the other filming locations of Vancouver and New Orleans. All extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins will be cast throughout filming in Vancouver and New Orleans. The Vancouver portion of filming will take place from April 2, 2013 through April 26, 2013. The remaining filming will run through July 14, 2014. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will hit theaters on May 23, 2014.

The extremely talented and necessary actor returning is Golden Globe winner Andy Serkis as the ultra-intelligent genetically altered ape Caesar. Serkis is the most highly respected and critically acclaimed motion capture actor in the entertainment industry, and has won many awards for that type of work including a Screen Actors Guild Award. Some of his credits include Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, Universal Pictures’ “King Kong,” Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” and Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. Australian teen actor Kodi Smit-McPhee, who was directed by Matt Reeves in “Let Me In,” has joined the cast. Fellow Australian Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) has also been cast in the film.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt was set to direct “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” but exited in mid-September due to his concerns about having a movie ready by the May 23, 2014 release date. Fox drew up a shortlist of possible replacement directors, and chose Matt Reeves, who recently struck a TV development deal at 20th Century Fox TV, where he will create, write and direct broadcast and cable projects as well as supervise other writers. Reeves will direct “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” from a screenplay originally written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, with rewrites by Scott Z. Burns and Mark Bomback. Reeves’ feature film directorial credits include “The Pallbearer,” “Cloverfield,” and “Let Me In”. He also co-created the TV series “Felicity” with J.J. Abrams and directed the pilot and 5 episodes.

Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing for Chernin Entertainment. Chernin is one of the most powerful media executives in the world. Under Chernin’s leadership, Twentieth Century Fox Film produced the two top-grossing movies of all time, Titanic and Avatar. Chernin Entertainment currently has a film production deal with Fox. In addition to writing the original draft for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” husband and wife Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are also producing.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in Vancouver, BC and Canada.

The 2013 Vancouver Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Vancouver and British Columbia:

• Guide to Child Labour Laws in Canada
• Canadian Work Permit Information Sheet for Foreigners
• Canadian Application for Temporary Resident VISA
• British Columbia Child Labor Guidelines
• British Columbia Work Permit Application for Foreigners
• British Columbia Newcomers Guide
• British Columbia Temporary Foreign Workers Factsheet
• British Columbia Employment of Young People in the Entertainment Industry
• British Columbia Trust Funds for Children working in the Entertainment Industry
• Using Groups for Background in the British Columbia Entertainment Industry

In addition to the following Vancouver Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Vancouver Casting Directors List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Vancouver Talent Agents List
• Vancouver Extras Agents List
• Vancouver Acting Schools and Coaches List
• Vancouver Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Vancouver Resources
• PDF Users Guides

Both the 2013 Vancouver and Louisiana Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Erin Toner
Marcia Ross Casting
4444 Riverside Drive
Suite 103
Burbank, CA 91505



New Orleans:


Extras Casting


Click Here for details about working on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” as an extra in Vancouver, BC.

New Orleans:


Crew Members and Production Staff:

Experienced film crew members and production staff in the Vancouver, BC area can email resumes to:

Experienced film crew members and production staff in the New Orleans, LA area can email resumes to:


Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
New Orleans Production Office
13800 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA 70129

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Vancouver Production Office
2880 Underhill Avenue
2nd Floor
Burnaby, BC V5A 3C5

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Los Angeles Production Office
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Building 29
Room 209
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Chernin Entertainment
1733 Ocean Avenue
Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Vancouver Filming Location:

Mammoth Studios
2880 Underhill Avenue
Burnaby BC V5A 3C

Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Director: Matt Reeves


Andy Serkis – Caesar
Kerri Russell – TBA
Jason Clarke – TBA
Kodi Smit-McPhee – TBA


“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is set 15 years after the events of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. One focus is on the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Another aspect of the story is the struggle of intelligent ape Caesar, played by a returning Andy Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.