Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Release Date, Cast And Plot Details
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is an upcoming science fiction film set to release on May 10, 2024 in the United States. The fourth installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, Kingdom explores a world where ape civilization has progressed while humans regress to a primitive state.
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Release Date and Production Details
Originally slated for a May 24 release, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes was moved forward two weeks to May 10 to avoid competition from major Memorial Day weekend releases like Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie.
The film is directed by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison. Producers include Joe Hartwick Jr., Jaffa, Silver, and Jason Reed. It is the first Apes film since 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes and serves as a soft reboot for the franchise, with a new setting and mostly new characters.
|Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
|May 10, 2024
|Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Patrick Aison
|Joe Hartwick Jr., Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Jason Reed
The film is produced by 20th Century Studios and continues the studios’ ownership of the lucrative Apes franchise. Production details have been kept under wraps but filming occurred throughout 2023.
Cast and Characters
Kingdom boats an ensemble cast of familiar and fresh ape faces.
Lead actors include:
Freya Allan as the young chimpanzee “Noa”, on a quest to rescue his captured people
Kevin Durand as “Ray”, an imposing western lowland gorilla
Owen Teague as “Phi”, an intelligent orangutan ally to Noa
Peter Macon as “Raka”, a wise elder orangutan Dichen Lachman as “Kira”, a human survivor living in the apes’ world William H. Macy as “Isaac”, a grizzled human soldier with unknown motives
Sara Wiseman as “Sylvan”, an aged female chimpanzee
Durand and Wiseman are Planet of the Apes veterans, having appeared in previous films Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes respectively. The rest join the franchise for the first time with Kingdom.
Noa serves as the central hero, echoing Roddy McDowell’s Caesar from the original Apes series. Details on the other players remain scarce but the eclectic cast provides plenty of potential for engaging characters and relationships.
The Story and Setting
Kingdom propels the series forward nearly 300 years after the climax of War. In that time, the apes have built a thriving civilization while humanity descends into primitive tribes.
The film follows young Noa, a member of the tranquil “Eagle Clan” built upon Caesar’s legacy. After Marauding outsiders attack and capture his people, Noa sets out on a dangerous mission to rescue them. He forms an alliance with Kira, one of the few remaining human survivors, and the wise orangutans Raka and Phi.
It’s a classic heroes journey, with Noa forced to confront harsh truths as he unravels the reality behind the Eagle Clan’s downfall. Director Rick Jaffa summarizes:
“It’s an odyssey for the central character. He leaves his home and discovers that there’s more beyond the world that they knew.”
The setting remains in the forests established as an ape sanctuary at the conclusion of War but details a civilization divided into factions and tribes. It’s a chance to expand the universe first realized in 2011’s foundational Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Connection to Previous Films
Kingdom retains continuity with the first three entries in the rebooted franchise – Rise, Dawn, and War. It occurs in Caesar’s legacy but features a mostly new cast and setting. Producer Jason Reed emphasizes it acts as both sequel and fresh start:
“Kingdom kicks off an all-new chapter in the Planet of the Apes saga, it’s a continuation of the universe first created by Rupert Wyatt and carried on by Matt Reeves, where apes and humans are locked into an uneasy coexistence, but with characters and conflicts unlike anything you’ve seen before.”
So fans can expect a few nods to the first trilogy while enjoying new characters and conflicts within the established Apes universe. Story details remain locked away but the premise and marketing have fans speculating on potential Caesar references or even brief cameos. Regardless, the film marks an exciting step forward for the ageless franchise nearly 60 years after Charlton Heston landed among the damn dirty apes.
After years away, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes arrives as an ambitious revival loaded with potential. The May 10 release date approaches rapidly along with many lingering questions. Will the visual effects astound like the previous acclaimed entries? Can Freya Allan’s Noa and the eclectic cast of apes, humans, and orangutans capture the hearts of moviegoers? Most importantly, will Kingdom earn its place among the greatest Apes adventures?Find out when Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on May 10, 2024.