“It’s just been 5 years so far”: Disney Casts IT Star Owen Teague For Planet of the Apes Trilogy, Fans Say It’s Too Soon For a Reboot

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Planet of the Apes is a live-action adaptation based loosely on the French novel La Planete des Singes written by Pierre Boulle and published in 1963. The work had since then inspired multiple films and television series spanning the latter half of the 20th century. However, it wasn’t until the 2011 film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, that the franchise began to attract audience acclaim and gain stratospheric success.

Owen Teague has been cast for Disney's Planet of the Apes revival
Owen Teague has been cast for Disney’s Planet of the Apes revival

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Planet of the Apes Narratives That Wooed the World

The original series of adaptations of the literary narrative managed to gross quite a successful run at the box office leading to a handful of reboots and retellings at a close range of theatrical releases. However, the production then simmered down with multiple projects having already exhausted the work of fiction to a point of overuse.

A still from War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
A still from War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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In 2001, Tim Burton revived the story once more for a stand-alone film which too then gradually died down. However, a decade later, Andy Serkis would blow the world away in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequels with a surreal performance as Caesar — one that would become a complete origin saga telling the tragic narrative of a species’ survival against mankind’s hubris, and the latter’s scramble to maintain power as the apex of the food chain.

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Planet of the Apes Gets Called For Revival By Disney

After half a decade of remaining dormant, the Planet of the Apes saga is getting a reboot by Disney which had already envisioned the revival of the franchise during its acquisition of 20th Century Fox. With Wes Ball taking on the role of director, the casting and screening process has already begun. As of now, IT star Owen Teague has landed the role of the lead ape while the search for the lead human role continues.

Owen Teague lands the role of lead ape in Wes Ball's Planet of the Apes
Owen Teague lands the role of lead ape in Wes Ball’s Planet of the Apes revival

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According to reports, Ball has been working on his script since 2019, and given the close timeframe within which we are witnessing the revamping of such a major franchise, it can be assumed that the script had left quite an impression on the studio executives. Production on the latest Planet of the Apes movie will reportedly begin by end of 2022.


Source: Deadline


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