20th Century Studios has released a new trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. This is the fourth movie in the most recent series that began with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017 marked the end of a trilogy, and it’s Wes Ball who has taken over the directing reins to continue the story in a new trilogy.
Ball directed The Maze Runner trilogy to surprisingly consistent success, which is what won him the job tackling Planet of the Apes. Gone are the big names of previous films, which makes sense considering its the VFX and motion-capture performances that matter most.
Owen Teague takes the lead mo-cap role as Noa, a young chimp born nearly 300 years after events from the previous movie. The Witcher‘s Freya Allen, Kevin Durand, William H. Macy, and Peter Macon are also in the cast.
Here’s the synopsis: Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously, and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on May 24th.