The director of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is being compared to Star Wars

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After working on the trilogy The Maze Runner, director Ball Wes into the world of the primates in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Unlike the darker tone established in the previous three films in The Planet of the Apes reboot franchise, Ball takes a lighter approach to the fourth film, contrasting the tone his to Star Wars.

“When I started it, I said, ‘I feel like Apes needs a little Star Wars’,” Ball told Empire Magazine. “It’s still very grounded in reality, but it’s actually a question statement. Our main character – the young, wonderful Noa [Owen Teague] – meets characters along the way and becomes an awakening as he ends up in a place that tests him, and ultimately becomes his true self.”

Empire Online released a new image from Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, featuring Owen Teague as Noah, the franchise’s new main character.

Who is involved in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes?

Teague leads the Kingdom as Noa, a young chimpanzee who lives generations after Caesar (Andy Serkis) ruled the apes. Freya Allan, Kevin Duran, Peter Macon, and William H. Macy are among the stars in the ensemble.

“Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations into the future after Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the main species living in harmony and humans are reduced to live in the shadows,” the official synopsis reads. “As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape goes on a harrowing journey that forces him to question everything he knows about the past and make choices that will define time to come to apes and men.”

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Ball from a screenplay by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison. Kingdom is the sequel to 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Producers include Ball, Jaffa, Silver, Joe Hartwick Jr., and Jason Reed.

20th Century Studios will release Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes in theaters on May 24, 2024.

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