Even without Andy Serkis in the cast, the “Planet of the Apes” saga appears to be in good hands. While it’s unlikely that his motion capture performance as Caesar will ever be matched, a look at the teaser trailer for “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” promises an epic experience at least on par with the earlier entries. And according to Serkis himself, that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what the blockbuster has in store.
Speaking with Cinemablend last March, Serkis took a moment to praise the work that director Wes Ball and company had done on “Kingdom” up to that point. “I think Wes Ball is going to do an amazing job with this film,” Serkis shared. “From what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen, there’s some amazing conceptual artwork. And where they’ve chosen to land the story and take off with the next iteration, I think it’s gonna blow people’s minds.” Serkis stayed tight-lipped regarding any character or plot details, but his endorsement alone offers a sign that the series is headed in a positive direction.
Much will be riding on the success of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” as the film is intended to launch a new trilogy. Time will tell if the movie lives up to such lofty expectations, but it seems that even without Serkis starring, “Kingdom” is shaping up to be quite the event.