The next entry in the Planet of the Apes franchise, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, has added another actress to its cast, with THR revealing that Dichen Lachman has joined the project.
Lachman will join a cast that is already quite star-studded, as it includes William H. Macy, Owen Teague, Freya Allen, and Peter Macon. The next entry in the legendary franchise will be directed by Wes Ball. Lachman’s role in the film is currently unknown.
The actress is no stranger to big franchises, as Lachman just recently starred in 2022’s Jurassic World Dominion. Lachman has also starred in a variety of high-profile television projects, including Dollhouse, Last Resort, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the hit Apple TV+ series Severance.
The upcoming film is set “many years” following the events of 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. After Caesar brought his people to an oasis, new ape societies have grown, while humans have been reduced to a more “feral-like existence.”
“Some groups have never heard of Caesar, while others have contorted his teaching to build burgeoning empires,” reads the description of the film. “In this setting, one ape leader begins to enslave other groups to find human technology, while another ape, who watched his clan be taken, embarks on a journey to find freedom. A young human woman becomes key to latter’s quest, although she has plans of her own.”
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will be written by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, the latter of whom was also a writer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The film will be produced by Patrick Aison, Joe Hartwick Jr., Jaffa, Silver, and Jason Reed.