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Everything we know about Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

It’s their planet, not ours, in the latest instalment of this iconic sci-fi franchise…

The Planet of the Apes franchise continues in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. (20th Century Studios)
The Planet of the Apes franchise continues in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. (20th Century Studios)

The newly-rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise continues with its latest instalment, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, due to take over cinemas in May 2024.

As the fourth film in the series, Kingdom serves as a direct follow-up to 2017’s climactic War for the Planet of the Apes, which itself was a sequel to 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In addition to regularly featuring titles that are a bit of a mouthful, this effects-laden retooling of the original sci-fi franchise of the '60s has carved out a niche for using groundbreaking motion capture imagery, bringing the Apes franchise to life like never before.

While parts one through three showed us how the apes battled humans and later themselves for world domination, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes appears to show them as Earth’s dominant species.

What else do we know? Read on to find out…


When will Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes be released?

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is due for release in May 2024. (20th Century Studios)
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is due for release in May 2024. (20th Century Studios)

Fans won’t have to wait too long to experience Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes in cinemas. It’ll make its debut on Friday, 24 May 2024.


Is there a trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes?

The first trailer for Kindom of the Planet of the Apes dropped on Tuesday, 2 November and invited us into a sprawling, overgrown Earth that has some new owners.

In this overgrown jungle dystopia, apes have become the dominant species, with humans relegated to the sidelines and forced to live in hiding from their physically superior counterparts.

However, as the trailer progresses, we glimpse the beginnings of a new battle starting to rear its head.

Watch the full trailer below:


What happens in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes?

A screenshot from the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer. (20th Century Studios)
Trouble is brewing in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer. (20th Century Studios)

Warning: Spoilers follow

Directed by Wes Ball, the same filmmaker behind The Maze Runner franchise, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set 300 years after the events of the franchise's initial trilogy and sees Earth fully in the furry hands of the ape species who have taken over as the planet's primary inhabitants.

The humans who managed to survive the battle that led to their supremacy are now forced to live on the edges of society and remain in hiding, feral and often treated like pets by their new ape overlords.

This new world is an apparent oasis carved out by the apes’ former leader Ceaser, a character whom we last saw in 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. While Ceaser never lived to see his species take over the planet, his ultimate vision of many different ape clans living together as one has largely come to fruition.

An old human artefact is the MacGuffin in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. (20th Century Studios)
An old human artefact is the MacGuffin in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. (20th Century Studios)

However, it’s not long before in-fighting within ape society starts once more when a new tyrannical leader named Proximus Ceaser starts enslaving his fellow apes while searching for an old piece of human technology that can cement his reign.

Thankfully, one hope remains in the shape of Noa, a young ape with the power to change the future.

As the film’s official synopsis explains, this “young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.”

According to Ball, this could be the start of a whole new chapter of the Apes story. "From the beginning we thought about this as a trilogy," he told Empire.

"We had these grand ideas of where it could ultimately go and how it could fit into the legacy of these movies. So I'm certainly talking to [the studio] right now about the next story."


Who is starring in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes?

IT actor Owen Teague plays young chimpanzee Noa. (20th Century Studios)
IT actor Owen Teague plays young chimpanzee Noa. (20th Century Studios)

According to the film’s first trailer and all confirmed news leading up to its release, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will be the first in the franchise not to feature a performance from Andy Serkis' Caeser.

Instead, the action will be led by IT actor Owen Teague as Noa, a young chimpanzee who was born a generation after Caesar’s reign. That said, while it’s still unconfirmed, we wouldn’t be too surprised if Serkis makes a cameo as Caeser in flashback form.

Speaking to Empire, Teague explained that Caesar's legacy has been all but forgotten in this new ape world, with Noa having "no idea" who the great ape was or what he did for their species.

The Witcher’s Freya Allan plays a feral human named Mae. (20th Century Studios)
The Witcher’s Freya Allan plays a feral human named Mae. (20th Century Studios)

Teague will be joined by Lost star Kevin Durand as the evil Proximus Maximus, a character who may know more than he's letting on about Caesar and his work.

"Caesar is almost a religious figure, and Proximus has taken on the name Caesar because it was the highest position held in ape society," Durand told Empire. "It was a self-proclamation that was achieved by any means necessary, to ensure that apes continue to evolve.

"So you're seeing the influence and the evolution of what Caesar left. And, like in every morsel of human history, there's always some type of tyrant who comes along and scares everyone into believing them."

Peter Macon will also star as Noa’s wise Orangutan guide Raka alongside The Witcher's Freya Allan as a young feral woman named Mae.

William H. Macy, Neil Sandilands, Lydia Peckham, Eka Darville, Sara Wiseman, Ras-Samuel Weld A'abzgi and Dichen Lachman will also appear but their roles have not yet been disclosed.


Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will be released in cinemas on Friday, 24 May 2024.