The 47 year old Steve Zahn has been cast as a new ape in “War of the Planet of the Apes” for 20th Century Fox. This is the latest movie from this popular franchisee that has a release date of July 14th 2017. The sequel originally had a launch date of July 29th 2016, but in January 2015 it was rescheduled.
War of the Planet of the Apes will be the sequel to the 2014 film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which came out in 2011.
It was also learned that Mark Bomback is back as screenwriter, with Chernin Entertainment producing the movie.
Previously, the Hollywood Reporter had revealed that Woody Harrelson has also been cast in the new Apes installment.
Zahn’s performance will be realized using motion capture technology, which brought to life Andy Serkis’ Caesar in the two earlier installments of the franchise. He will play a new ape character in this movie.
Zahn is known for his roles in That Thing You Do, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Dallas Buyers Club. Steve Zahn will be seen acting alongside Danny Trejo and Adam Sandler in The Ridiculous 6, which is currently in post-production. He can also be heard in Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur, lending his voice to the prehistoric project.
Plot of the movie has been kept under wraps.
Eight movies have come out so far from the franchisee. War of the Planet of the Apes would be the ninth release. The first movie to come out was Planet of the Apes of 1968. With $33.4 million as the box office collection only in North America, it emerged as a huge success, and sparked sequels. The movie was critically acclaimed too. The second movie was released two years later.
Books and television series have also come out on Planet of the Apes. It remains to be seen how War of the Planet of the Apes does at the box office.