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A Ferocious Fight is Brewing in New “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” IMAX Trailer

20th Century Studios has just released a big, brawny new IMAX trailer for director Wes Ball’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which boasts perhaps the franchise’s most photo-realistic warring apes yet. The new installment promises a ton of action, as the story is set hundreds of years after the events in Matt Reeves’ 2017 War for the Planet of the Apes. and finds apes reigning supreme, with humanity reduced to a feral existence on the margins.

The new trailer opens with a contingent of ape warriors moving through tall reeds on some kind of mission, and what you notice immediately is that these descendants of the apes from the most recent trilogy have advanced considerably. These apes talk, and we mean really talkSure, the simians also spoke in War for the Planet of the Apes, but considering the new film is set hundreds of years after War, these apes have become fluent and speak with a clarity that surpasses the humans they’ve displaced at the top of the food chain.

The heart of Kingdom is Cornelius (Owen Teague), a young ape whose journey will force him to look afresh at the ape kingdom he lives in and the way it treats both fellow apes and the detest human survivors. 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. By the time Kingdom begins, the apes have built a complex society, with the cities of man now overgrown and re-wilded, with human beings scraping by 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 who 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 IMAX trailer below. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes swings into theaters on May 10:

Featured image: (L-R): Noa (played by Owen Teague), Soona (played by Lydia Peckham), and Anaya (played by Travis Jeffery) in 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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