KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Star Kevin Durand Teases "Narcissistic" Villain Proxima Caesar

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Star Kevin Durand Teases "Narcissistic" Villain Proxima Caesar KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Star Kevin Durand Teases "Narcissistic" Villain Proxima Caesar

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes star Kevin Durand has talked more about his role as the villainous Proxima Ceasar, suggesting the villain may not be considered truly evil in the eyes of some moviegoers.

By JoshWilding - Apr 18, 2024 04:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: Total Film (via SFFGazette.com)

In Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, director Wes Ball is setting out to breathe new life into the franchise with a story set several generations in the future following Caesar's reign. Apes are now the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows.

As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

Playing that leader is X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Kevin Durand as the mysterious Proximus Caesar. Is he a descendant of the original Caesar or has the name become a title of sorts, used to pay homage to the ape who led the original uprising? 

"He's the baddie," Durand told Total Film (via SFFGazette.com) while choosing his words carefully. "But it's coming down to, you know, homosapiens or apes and obviously he's on the side of the apes, so he’s willing to do whatever needs to happen, by any means necessary, to ensure a future for apekind."

"From the perspective of the narrative, he's definitely the baddie but yeah, when you watch the movie, you're like, 'Well, was he really that bad?'" the actor adds. "I mean, he’s definitely narcissistic, but, you know, he's just trying to ensure that his kind will go on."

As for what it's been like to get involved with those motion-capture effects, Durand called the process "incredible" before adding, "I mean, every movement, every expression came from the performance but they just have this wizardry going on over at Weta in New Zealand where they can really trick the human eye into seeing what they want you to see."

"It's pretty phenomenal to get to be a part of that, it was definitely a great highlight in my career."

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes stars Owen Teague (IT), Freya Allan (The Witcher), Kevin Durand (Locke & Key), Peter Macon (Shameless), and William H. Macy (Fargo).

The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Avatar: The Way of Water) and Patrick Aison (Prey), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. 

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, a new entry in 20th Century Studios' global, epic franchise, opens exclusively in theaters on May 10, 2024.

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TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 4/18/2024, 5:48 AM
Sounds good , looking forward to it!!.

Durand always plays a good/fun villain from his work that I’ve seen so wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case here aswell.

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