There’s been a new update on 20th Century Studios’ new Planet of the Apes reboot. According to Deadline, the film will be entitled Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, as rumors previously suggested, with Freya Allan and Peter Macon joining the cast. Production on the film is set to begin next month under the reins of Maze Runner director Wes Ball.
Previously, Movieweb has reported on how Owen Teague has been tapped to play the lead role. The lead ape role, that is, which some sites have identified as Cornelius, Caesar’s son, while others have not. Teague is known for his role as Patrick Hockstetter in 2017’s It and 2019’s It: Chapter Two. He was also in a separate Stephen King project, playing Harold Lauder in the 2020 adaptation of The Stand.
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Allan will play the lead human role in the reboot, the casting process of which took some time. Allan tested several times, including a final audition in front of Ball as he was scouting locations, beating out several other rising stars. Allan’s breakout role was as Princess Ciri in Netflix’s The Witcher. She’s also appeared in Gunpowder Milkshake and the upcoming indie drama Baghead.
It is currently unknown who Macon will play and whether it’ll be as an ape or human. Some of Macon’s previous roles include Lt. Cmdr. Bortus in The Orville and Preston Lloyd on Family Guy, both of which were made by Seth McFarlen. He also had a recurring role on Shameless as Sergeant Luther Winslow.
The Past and the Future
“Planet of the Apes is one of the most iconic and storied science fiction franchises in film history, as well as being an indelible part of our studio’s legacy. With Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes we are privileged to continue the series’ tradition of imaginative, thought-provoking cinema, and can’t wait to share Wes’ extraordinary vision for this new chapter with audiences in 2024,” said Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios.
Planet of the Apes has been one of the most popular and enduring franchises from 20th Century Studios, amassing more than $1.7 billion worldwide. The very first film, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle and whose script was co-written by Rod Serling, was released in 1968 by the then 20th Century Fox. It went on to become one of the year’s biggest hits, even winning a special Academy Award.
It was followed by four theatrical sequels, most of which starred Roddy McDowall, and two TV series. Tim Burton directed the 2001 remake. It starred Helena Bonah Carter (surprise, surprise) and Mark Wahlberg. Director Rupert Wyatt rebooted the franchise in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which starred Andy Serkis as ape protagonist Ceasar, a role he would reprise in the two Matt Reeves-directed sequels.
While we now know the title of the film and who the main players will be, the plot of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will be. Such as whether it’ll be another remake of the original film, the seeds of which have been planted in the Serkis starring movies. With production yet to begin, it seems as though we won’t find out for certain for a little while longer.