Prepare for an epic post-apocalyptic adventure in 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,' as Caesar's legacy unfolds with thrilling twists and a clash of ape and human worlds!
The iconic "Planet of the Apes" franchise is back with a new installment titled "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes." After a successful reboot series that began with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" in 2011, followed by "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in 2014, and "War for the Planet of the Apes" in 2017, fans have been eagerly waiting for the next chapter of this epic saga.
In 2019, Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox opened the door for more "Planet of the Apes" movies, and in September 2022, the title of the fourth installment was revealed to be "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes." Here's everything we know about the film so far.
Mark your calendars! "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" is set to hit the big screens on May 24, 2024. It's been about 7 years since the last "Planet of the Apes" film, and fans are more than ready for another epic adventure. On the same day, other highly anticipated films, including "If," based on the famous comic strip about Garfield the cat, and "Furiosa," a prequel to "Mad Max: Fury Road," are also scheduled for release.
Moreover, given Disney's ownership of Fox, it's likely that the movie will eventually be available for streaming on Disney+, though no official announcements have been made yet.
"Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" is in good hands with director Wes Ball, known for his work on "The Maze Runner" series. The screenplay is a collaborative effort by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison. The film is produced by a talented team including Jaffa, Silver, Joe Hartwick Jr., and Jason Reed. The executive producers are Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping.
Several production companies, including 20th Century Studios, Chernin Entertainment, Oddball Entertainment, and Shinbone Productions, are involved in bringing this movie to life. The film's cinematography is handled by Gyula Pados, while Dan Zimmerman takes charge of the film editing. The creative team also includes Daniel T. Dorrance for production design and Mayes C. Rubeo for costume designs. Jennifer Lamphee is responsible for hair and makeup design.
The cameras started rolling for "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" in October 2022. The principal photography took place at Disney Studios Australia in Sydney under the working title "Forbidden Zone." After several months of hard work, director Wes Ball announced the end of filming on February 15, 2023, through a behind-the-scenes video. The video shows the movie's title apes celebrating the conclusion of filming in front of a blue screen. With an enthusiastic crew cheering, it was a wrap for this much-anticipated movie.
The cast of "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" is filled with talented actors ready to bring their characters to life. The central character, Cornelius, the son of Caesar, will be portrayed by the skilled Owen Teague. You may recognize Teague from his roles in "The Stand" (2020–2021) and "It" (2017) and its sequel.
Freya Allan, known for her captivating role as Princess Cirilla in "The Witcher" series, will appear as the lead human in the film. Alongside them, Kevin Durand takes on the role of an ape leader keeping other ape clans captive. Durand is famous for his roles in "Resident Evil: Retribution," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "The Butterfly Effect," and "Lost."
The cast also includes talented actors such as Peter Macon from "The Orville," Eka Darville from "Jessica Jones," and Travis Jeffery, Neil Sandilands, Sara Wiseman, Lydia Peckham, and Ras-Samuel Weld A'abzgi. Additionally, veterans William H. Macy from "Jurassic Park III" and Dichen Lachman from "Severance" will join the cast to add their magic to this captivating story.
The story of "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" takes place years after the events of "War for the Planet of the Apes." In this post-apocalyptic world, apes have become the dominant species while humans have regressed to a wild and nonverbal existence. Some ape groups are unaware of Caesar's legacy, while others have twisted his teachings to build their own empires.
The film centers around Cornelius, Caesar's son, who embarks on a mission to free captive ape clans held by an ape leader played by Kevin Durand. He seeks to recover human technology and teams up with a human character portrayed by Freya Allan. However, their alliance may not be as straightforward as Cornelius had hoped.
As we eagerly await the release of "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," fans can look forward to another thrilling and emotional adventure in the world of apes and humans. With a talented cast and creative team behind it, this movie is set to continue the legacy of Caesar and bring us an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Not yet! As of now, no official trailer for "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" has been released.