Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes runtime sets a new record

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes runtime sets a new record

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes has broken a record ahead of release, becoming the longest film in the franchise.

The latest entry in the ape saga has revealed a runtime of 145 minutes (via BBFC), officially earning the crown for the longest Planet of the Apes movie ever made so far. Prior to this new chapter, 2017 movie War for the Planet of the Apes held the record for the lengthiest runtime at 134 minutes.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the fourth film in the reboot film series, being a standalone sequel to War for the Planet of the Apes, and the tenth film overall.

freya allen as nova, kingdom of the planet of the apes

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The new chapter stars The Witcher‘s Freya Allan as Mae/Nova, a feral woman who joins protagonist Roa (Owen Teague), a young chimp descending from Caesar, the leader played by Andy Serkis in the reboot movies.

Kingdom is set 300 years after War for the Planet of the Apes, seeing ape civilisations emerging while humans have regressed to a primitive state.

Simian Noa and human Nova team up against ape king Proximus Caesar (Abigail‘s Kevin Durand), who intends to use weapons and other lost human technologies to enslave other clans.

owen teague as noa, kingdom of the planet of the apes

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Speaking about working with Teague and Durand in their motion-capture suits, Allan joked that the outfits were “ridiculous” in a chat with Digital Spy.

“Yes, the suits were ridiculous and yes, you all looked like numpties,” she said. “But they transformed so well that I didn’t have to [imagine them as apes] because I actually did feel like I was speaking to apes because you guys were so brilliant at it, which was amazing.”

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is released in UK cinemas on May 9 and in US cinemas on May 10.

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Stefania is a freelance writer specialising in TV and movies. After graduating from City University, London, she covered LGBTQ+ news and pursued a career in entertainment journalism, with her work appearing in outlets including Little White Lies, The Skinny, Radio Times and Digital Spy

Her beats are horror films and period dramas, especially if fronted by queer women. She can argue why Scream is the best slasher in four languages (and a half). 

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