Fans of the storied “Planet of the Apes” franchise can mark their calendars for May 24, 2024, as “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” swings into theaters. Helmed by director Wes Ball, this latest installment is poised to chart a bold new direction for the saga.

Set several years after 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” this film explores the burgeoning society of intelligent apes led by the enigmatic Noa, played by Owen Teague. Humanity, dwindling into feral remnants, presents a stark contrast to the ascendant simians. The narrative pivots around Proximus Caesar, a tyrannical leader whose rule is challenged by Noa, with a plot that intertwines the legacy of the late Caesar and the destiny of both species on Earth.

With a diverse cast including Kevin Durand, Freya Allan, and Peter Macon, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” ventures into uncharted territory, promising a tale that is as thought-provoking as it is thrilling. Despite the notable absence of Andy Serkis, the spirit of his character looms large, with the franchise’s future potentially extending into a new trilogy.

Anticipation is high, with Andy Serkis himself teasing that the film will “blow people’s minds,” backed by Wes Ball’s visionary direction and groundbreaking conceptual art. As the simians and humans brace for an epic confrontation, audiences worldwide await what could be one of the most compelling chapters in the “Planet of the Apes” chronicles​1​.