Kingdom of the Planet of The Apes news just keeps coming as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that The Strain star Kevin Durand has joined the growing cast.
Durand’s casting comes just hours after it was reported that Eka Darville (Jessica Jones) joined 20th Century Studios’ newest installment of the hit franchise. Owen Teague (It), Freya Allan (The Witcher), and Peter Macon (The Orville) are all set to star. Teague is playing the lead ape, while Allan will play the human lead. Who Durand, Darville, and Macon are playing is being kept under wraps.
Maze Runner filmmaker Wes Ball is taking over directing duties from Matt Revees, who directed the last two installments Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.
The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Patrick Aison (Prey). Joe Hartwick Jr. (The Maze Runner trilogy), Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Jason Reed (Mulan) are the film’s producers. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are the executive producers.
Planet of the Apes is one of 20th Century Studios’ most popular and enduring franchises, amassing more than $1.7 billion worldwide. Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle, the first film in the series was released by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1968 and went on to become one of the year’s biggest hits, winning a special Academy Award and followed by four theatrical sequels and two television series. A remake, Planet of the Apes, directed by Tim Burton, was released in 2001, then a 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was followed by two sequels, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes.