Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes: Plot, Cast, Release Date, and Everything Else We Know

In 2011, Rupert Wyatt, director of the 2008 feature, The Escapist, reworked the iconic film Planet of the Apes. It was a grand venture, especially given the classic nature of the 1968 original screenplay with leading man Charlton Heston. However, even this earlier work was an adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s 1964 literary work, La Planete des Singes (Planet of the Apes), so expectations were tempered. There was but one prevailing question, would Wyatt’s adaptation resemble the earlier work or the 2001 adaptation? The result was quite surprising.

Rupert Wyatt was called in as a prospective director after 20th Century Fox Studios began juggling with the idea of a Planet of the Apes reboot. Given the outcome, one could say without a doubt it was in the stars. According to Wyatt in an interview covered with Collider, it was an alignment in vision that led to him landing the job. Thus began the creative work towards the production of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a re-visioning aiming to tell a classic story for the current age.

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Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes would be the first of a trilogy. Together the three films would give a complete and riveting account of the uprising of the primate class Hominoidea through a vision crafted by Wyatt. However, Wyatt was unable to fulfill that vision. When it came down to directing the sequel, the timeline for release left Wyatt pressed. So graciously, he removed himself from the project. And the remaining sequels, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War of the Planet of the Apes, fell under the direction of Matt Reeves.

It has been five years since the apes waged war against humanity, leaving viewers parched with anticipation. What becomes of a world ruled by primates? Alas, there is hope for a conclusion. In the late spring of 2024, fans will finally see a conclusion to the dramatic epic. And here is what to know about the upcoming film Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes: The Plot

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the next chapter following the 2017 feature film War of the Planet of the Apes. The story picks up many years into the future. The primates have taken on humanity to exercise their right to rule. Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Caesar (played by Andy Serkis) is no longer alive, his martyrdom a distant memory, but his legacy in full effect.

Unfortunately, specific plot points beyond these details are sparse. So anything beyond those few bits of information is pure speculation. However, given the title, context leads one to conclude that the upcoming film will most certainly explore a world where apes have seized control and the associative issues that ensue.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes: The Cast

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Although there are a few details on the plot, casting news has not remained as hushed. The studio has released a complete list of actors, but the characters they embody remain unconfirmed.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will include the likes of Kevin Durand (The Mortal Instruments City of Bones), Owen Teague (It), Peter Macon (The Orville), Eka Darville (The Sapphires), , Freya Allen, (The Witcher), Travis Jeffery (Rancour), Neil Sandilands (The Flash), Sara Wiseman (Nerve), Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi (Found in a Dream), and Lydia Peckham (Cowboy Bebop).

Production and a Planned Trilogy

Production on Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is due to start this month. And as noted in Variety, filming will take place in New South Wales at the newly renamed Disney Studios in Australia. As an additional note, Wes Ball, famed director of films Maze Runner, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Maze Runner: Death Cure, will serve as director of this project which is as indeed a treat for fans. What proves even more interesting are the reports that Disney has been so enamored with the script that there are plans in store for another possible trilogy.

As an interesting aside, according to press releases, this story is being scripted by a four-person team, which includes Amanda Silver, Patrick Anson, Rick Jaffa, and Josh Friedman. And given this team of creatives, expectations are high for a rich and robust story with a depth of perspective.

Release Date

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, Disney confirmed the upcoming release of the film Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. The film will premiere three weeks after Marvel’s release of Captain America: New World Order. So, for those who need to mark their calendars, the newest installment in the Planet of the Apes epic is set for release on May 24, 2024.