“We don’t need to go there”: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Director Reveals Noa-Caesar Connection That Avoids a Classic Star Wars Mistake

Wes Ball refused to take the Star Wars approach for Caesar and Noa.

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  • Caesar and Noa aren't blood-related confirmed director Wes Ball.
  • Ball explained that a blood connection wasn't necessary to make fans like Noa.
  • Ball would love to continue telling Noa's story.
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Heading into theatres, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes had huge shoes to fill, as the modern trilogy, which concluded seven years back, set the bar pretty high. Although this entry in the IP doesn’t continue the trend of stepping up with each new release, which is reasonable considering how great the last one was, it’s still a worthy continuation of the franchise.


While not physically present in the film, Wes Ball did an impeccable job of capturing Caesar’s spirit and his influence, and the director didn’t drop the ball with the franchise’s new protagonist, Noa. Although the director confirmed that both Noa and Caesar are connected, it’s not the way that many would’ve assumed.

Noa’s Connection to Caesar in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Is Spiritual

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A still from Disney’s Star Wars | Walt Disney Pictures

Instead of taking the Star Wars way and making Noa blood-related to the former protagonist of the franchise, Wes Ball stressed that the connection between the two is spiritual. The director explained that not everything needs to be connected by blood, stating that fans would love Noa irrespective of his relationship with Andy Serkis‘ Caesar.

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Andy Serkis as Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes | 20th Century Studios

He told The Direct:

“And so there’s this idea, I think, throughout the movie, even look at the first frame of the movie and the last frame of the movie, they are spiritually connected. But they don’t need to be like Star Wars or some other, you know, movie that we’ve seen constantly where everything’s connected by blood. We don’t need to go there. It’s like I get the instinct. It’s all good. You can you can fall in love with Noa as much as you could if he was the great, great, great, great grandson of Caesar.”

Ball wasn’t wrong with his assessment, as despite not being a descendant of Caesar, fans have come to love Noa, whose story has just begun.

Wes Ball Would Love to Continue This New Chapter

From the film’s ending, it’s very apparent that Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t set to be a one-off thing, and Wes Ball has shared promising news about its future.


Considering the ending of the film is shaped more as the beginning of the next one, Ball revealed that they’ve many interesting ideas about its future and would love to continue this story.

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A Still from Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes | 20th Century Studios

He explained:

“That’s the goal. That’s the hope. We’ll see if fans kind of take to these characters and this story. Because we’d love to continue telling this story, we’ve certainly got ideas, and we laid track for where this could ultimately go.”

With the film storming the box office following its $129M opening, things are looking bright for the apes, and fans are highly excited to see how Noa’s story unfolds moving forward.


Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is currently running in theatres.


Written by Santanu Roy

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.