Well, it’s here! The first trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes has been released.
The movie is directed by Wes Ball from a screenplay by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison, and produced by Joe Hartwick Jr., Jaffa, Silver, and Jason Reed.
It is the sequel to War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) and the fourth installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot franchise. The film stars Owen Teague in the lead role alongside Freya Allan, Peter Macon, Eka Darville, and Kevin Durand.
Development on a new Planet of the Apes film began in April 2019, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, with Ball attached as writer and director that December. Much of the script was written during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with casting commencing in June 2022, following the script’s completion. Teague was cast in the lead role that August, with the film’s title and additional casting revealed in the following months.
Principal photography began in October 2022 in Sydney and wrapped in February 2023. According to the blurb:
Years after the events of War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), many ape clans have emerged in the oasis to which Caesar led his fellow apes, while humans have regressed into a feral state. One ape leader prevents the teachings of Caesar to enslave other clans in search of the last traces of a secret human technology, while another ape embarks on a journey to find freedom alongside a human girl.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled to be released by 20th Century Studios in the United States on May 24, 2024.
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