Toby Kebbell joins 'A Monster Calls' adaptation

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Toby Kebbell recently voiced the ape Koba in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
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Toby Kebbell recently voiced the ape Koba in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Teaming up with Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and director Juan Antonio Bayona for "A Monster Calls" is "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" star Toby Kebbell.

Kebbell played the role of Koba, opposite Andy Serkis's heroic Caesar, in 2014's sequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and is set to play Doctor Doom in a new "Fantastic Four" film, due 2015.

Based on the award-winning illustrated children's novel by Patrick Ness, "A Monster Calls" is set for October 14, 2016, and already had several key cast members in place.

Felicity Jones ("The Invisible Woman," "Like Crazy") plays a young parent diagnosed with terminal cancer and the mother of main character Conor O'Malley.

Fellow British actor Toby Kebbell joins as Conor's dad, as the 13-year-old comes to terms with his mother's illness and struggles to fend of bullies at school.

Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar" franchise) is in place as Conor's grandmother, while Liam Neeson, who appeared with Kebbell in "Wrath of the Titans," becomes the titular monster -- a towering tree being that contrasts with the terrible creature of Conor's nightmares.

Director Juan Antonio Bayona became well-known after "The Orphanage," a Spanish-language horror that had Guillermo del Toro of "Pan's Labrynth" as its executive producer.

Bayona then directed "The Impossible," a very well received 2012 disaster movie starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, before returning to horror with TV series "Penny Dreadful."

Here, he reunites with several personnel from his previous films, including art director Didac Bono, cinematographer Oscar Faura, production designer Eugenio Caballero, composer Fernando Velazquez and producer Belen Atienza.

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