William H. Macy is headed to the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.
Deadline reports that William H. Macy has signed on to appear in the next installment of the 20th Century Studios-produced Planet of the Apes series. It’s unclear if Macy is playing an ape or a human in the movie, which is titled Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Production is currently underway at Disney’s 20th Century Studios in Sydney, Australia.
Who else is attached to the next Planet of the Apes movie?
Wes Ball, the man behind the Maze Runner trilogy from 20th Century Studios, is directing Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. The film’s script was written by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Patrick Aison. Jaffa and Silver are also producing alongside Joe Hartwick Jr. and Jason Reed, with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping serving as executive producers.
Owen Teague is spearheading the cast of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which also includes Freya Allen, Peter Macon, Eka Darville, Kevin Durand, Travis Jeffery, Neil Sandilands, Sara Wiseman, Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi and Lydia Peckham. The film is set years after the events of 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes, which ended with the death of Caesar.
The first film in the Planet of the Apes franchise was based on a novel by Pierre Boule. It was released in 1968 and followed Charlton Heston as an astronaut who crash-landed on a planet ruled by intelligent apes, only to discover he was actually on Earth several years after it had been devastated by a nuclear war. The highly-successful film resulted in several Planet of the Apes sequels, a TV series and 2001 remake by Tim Burton before Fox rebooted the franchise with a trilogy that started with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, featuring Andy Serkis.
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