Published On: Mon, Aug 31st, 2015

Gabriel Chavarria cast as lead human in ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’

Fox’s new Planet of the Apes prequel series is adding cast for the upcoming War of the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the new series of films.

East Los High actor Gabriel Chavarria has just been cast in the film as one of the human leads for the new film. Director Matt Reeves will be back for this film with Andy Serkis reprising his motion capture ape leader Caesar.


Chavarria is best known as the lead of Hulu’s original teen drama East Los High.

“In Low Riders, from Imagine and Blumhouse, he plays an East LA teen immersed in the world of lowrider cars and street tagging while caught between his traditional father (Demian Bichir) and his estranged gangbanger brother, who both are competing in the annual lowrider Supershow. His other recent credits include Aquarius, Prime Suspect, Southland and the feature Teacher Of The Year,” Deadline reports.

While the plotline for War of the Planet of the Apes is being kept under wraps, Reeves has stated this about where the story is headed.

As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of DAWN. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. Where he is going to be thrust into circumstances that he never, ever wanted to deal with, and was hoping he could avoid. And now he is right in the middle of it. The things that happen in that story test him in huge ways, in the ways in which his relationship with Koba haunts him deeply. It’s going to be an epic story. I think you’ve probably read that I sort of described it where in the first film was very much about his rise from humble beginnings to being a revolutionary. The second movie was about having to rise to the challenge of being a great leader in the most difficult of times. This is going to be the story that is going to cement his status as a seminal figure in ape history, and sort of leads to an almost biblical status. He is going to become like a mythic ape figure, like Moses.

War of the Planet of the Apes starts shooting in Vancouver this October for release on July 14, 2017.


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