After working on The Maze Runner trilogy, the director Wes Ball enters the world of primates Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Unlike the darker tone established in the previous three films in the Planet of the Apes reboot franchise, Ball brings a lighter approach to the fourth film, comparing its tone to that of Star Wars.
“When I started, I said, ‘I feel like Apes needs a little Star Wars,'” Ball told Empire Magazine. “It’s all still very grounded in reality, but it’s very much a quest story. Our main character – the young and impressionable Noa (Owen Teague) – meets characters along the way and is awakened when he finds himself in a place that will test him, and he eventually becomes himself.
Empire Online has released a new image from Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which features Owen Teague as Noa, the franchise’s new protagonist.
Who is involved in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes?
Teague rules the kingdom as Noa, a young chimpanzee living generations after Caesar (Andy Serkis) ruled the apes. Freya Allan, Kevin Duran, Peter Macon and William H. Macy are among the ensemble’s stars.
“Director Wes Ball breathes new life into this global epic franchise set several generations in the future after Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadow,” reads the official synopsis. “As a tyrannical new ape leader builds his empire, a young ape embarks on a harrowing journey that will lead him to question everything he knows about the past and make choices that will define the apes’ future like humans.”
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Ball from a screenplay by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Patrick Aison. Kingdom is the sequel to 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Producers include Ball, Jaffa, Silver, Joe Hartwick Jr. and Jason Reed.
20th Century Studios will release Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes in theaters on May 24, 2024.