According to the outlet, the new film will feature at least two key plotlines, one of which follows a human woman who gets involved in an ape’s quest, and another that features an ape leader who enslaves others in a hunt for human technology. Concept art for the film that was released last fall shows an ape on horseback traversing through an overgrown urban landscape that’s now covered in greenery. The animal holds his hand out to meet a large, black bird that seems to be his faithful companion. Is this ape friend or foe? We’re not sure yet, and we’re also not sure where Dichen Lachman’s character fits into the story.
The actress joins a growing ensemble that’s led by Owen Teague, another underrated performer with memorable roles in “It,” “Mrs. Fletcher,” and “To Leslie.” The cast also includes William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Peter Macon (“The Orville”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Lydia Peckham (“Cowboy Bebop”), Travis Jeffery (“Rotten”), Neil Sandilands (“Sweet Tooth”), Sara Wiseman (“One Of Us Is Lying”), and Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi (“Neighbours”).
“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by “The Maze Runner” filmmaker Wes Ball and currently has a May 24, 2024 release date set.