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Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes: An Updated Cast List For The Sci-Fi Franchise’s Next Movie

In 2011, ten years after the release of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes remake, the sci-fi franchise based on the original Planet of the Apes novel by Pierre Bouelle with a new spin. Set in the present day, Rise of the Planet of the Apes set the stage for apes becoming the dominant species on Earth and most of humanity dying off from a virus. We watched this unfold through the eyes of Andy Serkis’ Caesar, with his story continuing in 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. The latter movie ended with the protagonist dying after he and his people reached their promised land.

Rather than reboot the Planet of the Apes franchise again, 20th Century Studios has decided to continue the continuity started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Directed by Wes Ball and written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Josh Friedman, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will take place “many years” after the events of War for the Planet of the Apes and address Caesar’s legacy. The first Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer further cleared up the narrative picture, but this spot is reserved for going over Kingdom’s cast. It’s time to go over the actors who will star in this next chapter of the Apes saga.

Owen Teague in The Stand and Noa in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

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Owen Teague

Caesar has passed on, which means we’ll need to follow along with a new ape protagonist in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Owen Teague, known for playing Harold Lauder in The Stand (which be be watched with a Paramount+ subscription) and Patrick Hockstetter in the IT movies, has been cast as the lead primate. Teague’s character is an ape named Noa, who lives several generations after Caesar’s death, though it’s unclear if he’s related to the late protagonist. As heard in the trailer, Noa sees “strange things” when he sleeps, specifically “new things,” not memories. Could these visions tie into the adventure he’ll be going on?

Freya Allan as Mae in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

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Freya Allan

While some of you may remember Freya Allan playing the young version of Karen Gillan’s character Sam in Gunpowder Milkshake, there’s no question that she’s most famous for playing Ciri in The Witcher. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is now giving her the opportunity to shine in a major Hollywood production. Allan is playing Mae, a human living at a time where her kind have devolved into primitives as a result of the Simian Flu, and she’ll cross paths with Noa. 

Peter Macon in The Orville and Raka in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

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Peter Macon

Fans of The Orville know Peter Macon as the actor who plays Lt. Commander Bortus, but because of all the makeup and prosthetics on his face when he’s in character, they wouldn’t not necessarily recognize the actor if they ran into him on the street. As I suspected, Macon will also be playing one of the apes in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, giving him the opportunity to bring a character to life through performance capture. His character is an orangutan named Raka, who appears to be a mentor-like figure to Noa and is giving off the same kind of vibes Maurice did in the original Apes reboot trilogy.

Kevin Durand in The Strain and Proximus Caesar in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

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Kevin Durand

Within the film realm, Kevin Durand has lent his talents to 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the Russell Crowe-led Robin Hood, Real Steel, Resident Evil: Retribution and Fruitvale Station, to name a few movies. However, he’s arguably better known for his TV work thanks to roles in shows like Dark Angel, Lost, The Strain, Vikings, Swamp Thing (the 2019 version) and Locke & Key. Regardless of where you know him best from, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes gives him another blockbuster platform to shine on, and he’ll be playing Proximus Caesar, a tyrannical ape who’s corrupted the original Caesar’s teachings and is building his own empire.

Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse in Jessica Jones series

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Eka Darville

Following his time playing Scott Truman, the Red Ranger, in Power Rangers RPM, Eka Darville started capturing more mainstream attention for playing TV roles like Diego in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Malcolm Ducasse in Jessica Jones and The Defenders, Ryan Morgan in Empire and Beau Morris in Tell Me a Story. Darville also has a few movies under his belt, but there’s no question that Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the biggest one yet. 

Travis Jeffrey in Gallipoli

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Travis Jeffrey

Travis Jeffrey has collected a sizable number of credits from Australian productions, including appearing in multiple episodes of shows like Gallipoli and The Heights. Stateside, however, unless you remember him from guest appearances in Preacher and Heartbreak High, or for playing minor roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Unbroken, then he’s likely never crossed your radar. Perhaps Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will pave the way for him to score roles in other Hollywood productions.

Neil Sandilands as Clifford DeVoe on The Flash

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Neil Sandilands

If you watched The 100 or The Flash, then you’re familiar with Neil Sandiands, as he recurred as Titus in the former’s third season, and then played the super-intelligent antagonist Clifford Defoe, a.k.a. The Thinker, in the latter’s fourth season. More recently, Sandilands appeared as General Abbot in three episodes of Netflix’s Sweet Tooth, which will return for Season 2 at some point. Given how good he is at playing villains, I could easily see him doing the same in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, whether it’s an ape or human.

Sara Wiseman speaking to Ioan Gruffudd in Harrow

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Sara Wiseman

The majority of Sara Wiseman’s performances hail from Australian or New Zealand productions, including the shows Rake, Shortland Street and Harrow, although the latter did run for three seasons on ABC. If you have a Peacock subscription, you might have also recently seen Wiseman in the mystery series One Of Us Is Lying. It’s safe to say, though, that there’ll be a lot of eyes pointed at her for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

Lydia Peckham in Netflix's live-action Cowboy Bebop

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Lydia Peckham

Lydia Peckham doesn’t have that big a resume just yet, but if you watched Netflix’s short-lived live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop or the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-led series Mr. Corman, then you’ll have spotted her. Hopefully Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will lead to her scoring bigger roles down the line.

Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi in the actor's acting reel

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Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi

Like Lydia Peckham, Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi doesn’t have a lot of acting credits on his resume, but perhaps Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will also lead to him being considered for other major projects. His established work includes Found in a Dream, Westermarck and the upcoming Disney+ series The Clearing.

Frank with frazzled hair and beard on Shameless

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William H. Macy

Now we come to quite possibly the biggest name in the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes cast. From movies like Fargo, Air Force One, Boogie Nights and The Lincoln Lawyer, to playing Dr. David Morgenstern in over 30 episodes of ER and Frank Gallagher for the entirety of Shameless’ run on Showtime, William H. Macy has been around the acting block and then some. As such, if I was a betting man, I would put money on Macy playing a human in this next Apes movie rather than one of the primates given how recognizable his face is. But even assuming this is the case, it’d be even money whether he’s playing a villain comparable to Gary Oldman’s Dreyfus or Woody Harrelson’s The Colonel, or an ally along the lines of Jason Clarke’s Malcolm.

Dichen Lachman in Apple TV+'s Severance

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Dichen Lachman

If you’re a fan of Severance, then you’re quite familiar with Dichen Lachman, who plays Ms. Casey in the Apple TV+ series. Others may know her better from shows like Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Altered Carbon and Animal Kingdom, while on the cinematic side of things, you may have heard her in Raya and the Last Kingdom or seen her in Jurassic World Dominion. Now she’ll be stepping back into blockbuster territory with Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, so we eagerly await to see how she’ll fit into the story.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on May 24, 2024, so keep checking back for CinemaBlend for more updates on casting and the movie’s overall progress. Our 2024 release schedule is available for those of you curious about what other movies come out next year, and you’re also welcome to see how we’ve ranked the Planet of the Apes movies that have come out so far.

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