“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” Big Game Trailer Finds Rivals Vying for Supremacy

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers weren’t the only formidable foes battling it out last night. During the Super Bowl, 20th Century Studios revealed the official trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which is set hundreds of years after the events in Matt Reeves’ 2017 War for the Planet of the Apes. The apes reign supreme in this latest franchise installment, with humanity reduced to a feral existence on the margins.

Another thing the trailer reinforces is that in Kingdom, the apes talkSure, the apes also spoke in War for the Planet of the Apes, but in director Wes Ball’s new film, they’re fluent and speak with a clarity that surpasses the humans they’ve displaced at the top of the food chain.

The new, heroic ape to root for in Kingdom is Cornelius (Owen Teague), a young ape whose quest will force him to look afresh at the ape kingdom he lives in. Cornelius’s journey will mirror, in a way, the hero of the previous trilogy, the chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis), who strived to create a peaceful balance between the rising ape world and the humans. In Kingdom, the apes have built a complex society, with the cities of man now overgrown (and perhaps more beautiful because of it), and human beings have barely survived on the margins. A ferocious new leader is building a formidable empire in which compassion and kindness towards humans are signs of weakness to be crushed.

There’s a young human plays a crucial part in Ball’s new film—The Witcher‘s Freya Allan. The film’s cast also boasts William H.  Macy, Dichen Lachman, Kevin Durand, Peter Macon, Sara Wiseman, and Neil Sandilands in the cast. Director Wes Ball made his name with The Maze Runner series, and he’ll bring his abilities with action set pieces and emotional stakes to bear on the new film.

Check out the trailer here. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters on May 24, 2024:


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Featured image: Proximus Caesar (played by Kevin Durand) in 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.


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