Matt Reeves had wrapped up the Andy Serkis-fuelled Planet of the Apes films back in 2017, and 20th Century Studios is now gearing up to reboot the franchise. As it turns out, they’ve already found the franchise’s next lead.
According to Deadline, Owen Teague (who played one of the teen bullies in the IT reboot) has been cast as the ‘lead primate’ for the upcoming Planet of the Apes movie. We don’t know much about the story yet, but we do know that Maze Runner director Wes Ball will be at the helm this time around.
With the latest Apes trilogy showing us the rise of the ape civilization and the fall of humanity, maybe this sequel could have us closer to the premise of the original movies—where the apes were already the dominant species enslaving what was left of the humans.
Admittedly, War for the Planet of the Apes still ended up with a hopeful sentiment about the survival of the human race, so maybe this next movie could still be pulling on that thread. Then again, I think watching that struggle between man vs. ape has pretty much shaped the latest trilogy, and it would be great if we can get a movie that brings something completely different to the table.
What that is, I can’t possibly know. But Ball was said to have delivered a script that ‘instantly excited execs.’ Now this I got to see.
No release date has been announced for the next Planet of the Apes movie.