AceShowbiz - A new "Planet of the Apes" movie is finally coming together, six years after the last film was released in theaters. On Thursday, September 29, 20th Century Studios announced an official title and new cast members, in addition to debuting the first look at the upcoming movie.
Making its way out via the studio's official Instagram page, the first glimpse of the newly-titled "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" features an ape character riding a horse near what looks like a waterfall, set sometime in a dystopian future. In the caption, it's revealed that "The Witcher" star Freya Allan and Peter Macon will join the cast, while Owen Teague has previously been cast in a lead role, the ape Cornelius.
"A new saga begins. 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,' picking up many years after 'War for the Planet of the Apes,' starts production next month and stars Owen Teague, Freya Allan, and Peter Macon," the caption read. "Directed by Wes Ball, 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' arrives in 2024."
The movie has not got an exact release date. Joe Hartwick Jr., Jaffa, Silver and Jason Reed serve as producers on the film, with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping executive producing.
" '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," said Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios. "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."
Allan was reportedly the top choice for the lead human role since the beginning. In recent weeks, she tested several times, including a final audition in front of Ball as he was scouting locations, before she eventually landed the part, according to Deadline.
Allan is best known for her role as Cici on Netflix's "The Witcher", which also stars Henry Cavill. As for Macon, he is known for playing Lt. Commander Bortus on the Fox/Hulu television series "The Orville".
"Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" marks the fourth film in the new "Planet of the Apes" series, which began with 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". The franchise, which has spanned a total of 9 films since 1968, has amassed $2.2 billion in worldwide box office.