TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10:  Actor Idris Elba speaks to the media at the premiere of "The Mountain Between Us" during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba speaks to the media at the premiere of "The Mountain Between Us" during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)

Los Angeles: Actor Idris Elba is in talks to join actor-filmmaker Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in the fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard”. The film will be directed by “Maze Runner” filmmaker Wes Ball, reports variety.com.

Network Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar.

David Peterson created, wrote, and illustrated the “Mouse Guard” series, which launched in 2006 and is set in a medieval times world without humans. The stories centre on a brotherhood of mice sworn to serve their fellow species.

Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes” is producing “Mouse Guard” along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy. Joe Hartwick Jr. is also producing it.

If the deal goes through, Elba will portray Celanawe, a hermit figure who has long live outside mouse dwellings. Serkis will portray the villainous blacksmith Midnight and Brodie-Sangster will play Lieam, one of the Mouse Guard’s youngest members.  Production is expected to begin in the late spring.

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