'War for the Planet of the Apes' Will Bring Back a Character From the Original Movie

Thursday, 22 December 2016 - 4:49PM
War for the Planet of the Apes
Thursday, 22 December 2016 - 4:49PM
'War for the Planet of the Apes' Will Bring Back a Character From the Original Movie
We're looking forward to War for the Planet of the Apes: aside from getting to see Woody Harrelson channel Colonel Walter E. Kurtz and Andy Serkis back at what he does best (being a cross-species sci-fi chameleon), the movie is apparently going to be a mix of a Clint Eastwood Western and the Biblical story of Moses. The grand irony is that Charlton Heston isn't alive to be part of it. However, one character from the original 1968 film will make an appearance: Nova.

If you've seen the original movie, you know that Nova was the mute girl Taylor (Heston) falls in love with upon arriving on the eponymous Planet after traveling through space for about two thousand years. At that point, humans have seemingly devolved into primitive versions of themselves, wearing animal skins and becoming incapable of speech. All of this, of course, occurs in the aftermath of a cataclysmic nuclear war (leading to the infamous "You maniacs! You blew it up!"). Well, it turns out that the stressed little mute girl in the recent trailers for War is actually a young Nova.

The confirmation comes from EW, who recently spoke to director Matt Reeves about the character and released a piece of concept art showing a gorilla reaching out to the young, blonde-haired Nova:


War for The Planet of The Apes takes place two years after the events of the last movie, and since then Caesar has become something of a cold-hearted badass (hence the Clint Eastwood comparison). Nova, according to Reeves, represents one of his last remaining links to the empathetic ape he used to be:

Opening quote
"The battle is not just between the humans and the apes, but in Caesar's soul," says director Matt Reeves. "The girl is his pull back to his empathy and - for lack of a better word - his human side."
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It's not clear how the movie will resolve the continuity problem with the original film (remember, Taylor and his astronaut crew traveled for over two thousand years before meeting Nova), but it's still cool to see all these familiar plot threads ominously coming together.

War for the Planet of the Apes hits US theaters on July 14th, 2017.
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