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Director Wes Ball Explains ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’

Wes Ball dishes on what his new “Planet of the Apes” film is about. A king ape roars.

Welcome to the Kingdom

Scores of apes, a new kingdom, and a new hero: Wes Ball, The Maze Runner director’s new Planet of the Apes film, takes place 300 years after the death of King Caesar from War for the Planet of the Apes.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes 

Before he begins working on his upcoming Legend of Zelda film, director Wes Ball is directing Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, the 10th installment in one of the longest-running franchises in Hollywood.

The Simians have inherited the Earth, while disease has almost wiped out man entirely. In a December 19 article with Entertainment Weekly, Wes Ball reveals that his movie is set “many, many generations later, in the time between the previous movie and this movie, this Dark Ages has happened where things have been lost, and in our movie, we’re going to rediscover them on this grand adventure.” 

King of the Planet of the Apes will star Owen Teague (It), Freya Allan (The Witcher), and Peter Macon (The Orville).

A New Ape 

The teaser shows the new movie’s hero, Noa, a young ape played by Owen Teague, riding his horse through the overgrown brush covering skyscrapers and buildings. Ball describes him as in the middle ground between boyhood and manhood. “He’s on that threshold of becoming who he is going to be as an ape,” he says. “It’s about him falling into these extraordinary circumstances that lead him into a world he doesn’t know.”

Wes Ball dishes on what his new “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is about. An ape rides a horse outside of a large city.

Along with his two chimp companions, Lydia Peckham’s Soona and Travis Jeffery’s Anaya, “They were raised together and they live in this small, isolated tribe.” However, the film’s antagonist, a chimpanzee smartly named Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand), is the king of the ape colony shown in the teaser. 

“The interesting thing about Proximus is that, with some help, he’s rediscovered electricity. To apes that forgot about all these things, that’s like a magic power. So they’re experimenting with it. I don’t even think you can call him a villain. I would call him an adversary. You understand him, you can relate to him in a way. It’s an interesting character who isn’t just a mustache-twirling cutout.” Ball will begin working on the Legend of Zelda live-action film after this film’s release; however, he hints at there being more than just one more Planet of the Apes film.

“We don’t want to be presumptuous. Whether this movie is successful is up to the movie gods,” he says. “But we certainly think there is a lot more story to be told, not just in the Planet of the Apes legacy of it all, but in terms of these characters we’ve created and the arcs that we’re thinking about. So, yeah, we’ve got good ideas for what would come next.”

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will be released in theaters on May 24, 2024. Click below to watch the teaser trailer!

Director Wes Ball explains how his new film sets up a multi-movie saga for the “Planet of the Apes” universe. Ape holds a large bird.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024) Official 20th Century Studios Teaser Trailer

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