Woody Harrelson has been cast as the villain in Fox’s War of the Planet of the Apes.
Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) has returned to direct the third film in the (rebooted) series. Mark Bomback is also returning as the screenwriter, while Chernin Entertainment and Dylan Clark are producing.
It is unclear who is returning to the new film, but we do know Andy Serkis is returning via motion capture as the ape Caesar. As of now plot details are being kept under wraps, but Harrelson will be playing a character called the Colonel.
Harrelson is currently shooting Rob Reiner’s “LBJ”, starring as President Lyndon B. Johnson, and will be returning in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”, which opens Nov 20.
Harrelson is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.