Michael Clarke Duncan Goes Ape

Who’d have guessed that so many people would want to play an ape? But it’s true. After Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter, the latest actor to join the remake of “The Planet of the Apes” as a simian is “The Green Mile” man, Michael Clarke Duncan, The Associated Press says.

Specifically, Duncan is going to play a silverback gorilla.

Helmed by Tim Burton, the much-anticipated remake also stars Mark Wahlberg, who’s got the role of the rare humanoid crashing the planet.

BACK TO ‘BASIC’: We know a good cast when we see one: Catherine Keener (“Being John Malkovich) and Benicio Del Toro (“The Way of the Gun“) might both star in “Basic,” Daily Variety says. The drama concerns a DEA agent who’s investigating the disappearance of an army instructor and several of his cadets.

‘HOUSE’ CALL: Variety also reports that Kristin Scott Thomas of “The English Patient” fame will play Kevin Kline‘s divorced wife in the family drama “Life as a House.” The story is about a man (Kline) who sets out to build the perfect house.

LEE DOES ‘STANFORD’: After playing an egomaniacal rock star in “Almost Famous,” Jason Lee might be set to play a regular nice guy in his next project. Variety reports that Lee will possibly play opposite Tom Green in “Stealing Stanford,” about a guy (Lee) who turns to a life of crime in order to finance his niece’s first year at Stanford University.

‘BUFFALO’ STANCE: The Hollywood Reporter says that Anna Paquin (“X-Men“) is in talks to star in “Buffalo Soldiers.” The dark comedy deals with a criminal subculture among a group of young U.S. soldiers in West Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and already boasts the talents of Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris.