A new piece of concert art from War for the Planet of the Apes has revealed the return of a character first introduced to us in the original Apes movie starring Charlton Heston.
Nova, played by Amiah Miller in the new film but originally played by Linda Harrison (below), is said to be the same character from that film, according to an article in EW. However, what is not explained is how this is possible seeing as the original film is set a few thousand years in the future.
“The battle is not just between the humans and the apes, but in Caesar’s soul,” director Matt Reeves said about the new film. “The girl is his pull back to his empathy and — for lack of a better word — his human side.”
War picks up two years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in which the apes have already been fighting against the last remaining human soldiers, led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson). At the beginning of the film, the apes have already retreated into the woods, where they have an advantage, and Caesar has lost most of his empathy for humans, becoming a cold, hardened leader. In an attempt to end the fighting, he sets out on a mission with a small envoy to assassinate the Colonel, but along the way he encounters Nova.
In the previously shown footage, parts of which appear in the trailer, Caesar and his apes kill her father after stumbling upon their home. Maurice is the one who convinces Caesar to take her with them, fearing she will die on her own.
War for the Planet of the Apes is set for release on July 14.