Deadline has announced that Owen Teague is set to lead the new Planet of the Apes movies for 20th Century. The actor will play the role of the lead primate in the new series of films. Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) is set to direct the film, with production expected to begin later this year.
According to the outlet, details regarding the latest installment are sparse, however, Planet of the Apes has been a hot property for 20th Century since Disney acquired the studio. The hope was to get a new film underway as soon as possible following the acquisition. Ball was hired to write and direct the film in 2019. He’s been hard at work on the script since then, delivering a script to the studio earlier in the summer that is said to have pleased studio executives. Casting on the film began shortly thereafter, with casting for the lead roles officially beginning ahead of the July 4th weekend. The studio is still casting for the human role, but Teague landed the lead primate role in recent weeks after his screen test was said to wow executives.
Teague has built up an impressive resume thus far. Not only has he appeared in both IT films, where he played Patrick Hockstetter, but he’s also appeared in Black Mirror, Locke & Key, and The Stand where he played Harold Lauder. Up next for the actor is Reptile, which he’ll star in alongside Alicia Silverstone, Eileen with Anne Hathaway, and Beth and Don alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus.