It hasn’t been revealed what form of technology is at the center of Proximus Caesar’s plan. The trailer for “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” does, however, feature several scenes in what appears to be a long-abandoned underground facility. These moments seem to confirm the accuracy of some of the early rumors about the forthcoming sequel.
It’s been reported that Proximus will put together a team of marauders from his coastal clan to forcibly acquire more ape workers to mine the facility of all of its resources. His marauders will eventually cross paths with the movie’s protagonist, Noa (Owen Teague), a young ape from a peaceful clan. After Noa’s tribe is attacked, raided, and enslaved by Proximus and his ape followers, the young hero reportedly sets out to liberate the other members of his clan. Along the way, he teams up with two other characters featured in the recent “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” trailer: Raka (Peter Macon), an intelligent orangutan, and Mae (“The Witcher” star Freya Allan), a feral young human woman who has her own reasons for wanting to thwart Proximus’ plans.
The Andy Serkis-led Planet of the Apes films introduced more than their fair share of memorable villains, including Woody Harrelson’s ruthless unnamed colonel and Toby Kebbell’s treacherous Koba. Whether or not Proximus Caesar will join the ranks of the franchise’s greatest antagonists remains to be seen. But the footage and details released so far from “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” certainly suggest that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with — one who harbors potentially world-changing goals.