With his role as Haymitch Abernathy finally coming to a close in this November's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Woody Harrelson is ready to take on a completely different sort of distopian world in War of the Planet of the Apes. While no firm details have been released, it is confirmed that he will play the main human villain in the sequel. The actor's character is simply called 'The Colonel'.
'The Colonel' is just one of many human roles in the movie. At this time, no further characters were revealed. But from the title alone, we can guess that War of the Planet of the Apes will revolve around a full blown war between apes and humans as they struggle for dominance in a world decimated by the simian virus. The downfall of humanity was told in the first franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was released in 2011, and followed by last year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves will return to helm this next sequel. He is possibly best known for directing the 2008 found footage monster romp Cloverfield and the 2010 vampire remake Let Me In. Writer of the previous film, Mark Bomback, is returning to pen the screenplay. Chernin Entertainment is continuing on as the producer, alongside Dylan Clark.
At this time, it is not known who will return from the previous movies, with one natural exception. The story will continue following Caesar's rise to ape power, with Andy Serkis reprising his lead role. The evolved ape will once again be brought to life via motion capture. All other plot details are being kept secret. Gabriel Chavarria, who will star in the upcoming East Los Angeles car culture drama Lowriders, is believed to have a part in the movie. But insiders call his role 'small'.
Woody Harrelson is currently in the midst of shooting LBJ. In the film, he will play the title character of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The actor is experiencing a second career resurgence, with his presence highly sought after co-starring in True Detective Season 1 opposite Matthew McConaughey. Besides LBJ, he has three more films lined up for release in 2016, including the midlife crisis comedy Wilson, where he plays the title character. Triple Nine sees him as part of a ruthless team of cops and criminals who plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off the perfect crime. And next summer, he will reprise his role as Merritt McKinney in the sequel Now You See Me 2: The Second Act.