For the last two Planet of the Apes movies, fans have worked hard to try and connect very aspects of the new films to the classic ones that began with Charlton Heston in 1968.
This summer’s War for the Planet of the Apes, however, may finally bring us a connection beyond just Andy Serkis’ Caesar. Apparently, we’re going to meet one of the other characters from the original story (and we met her already in the most recent trailer) – Nova.
If the name isn’t ringing any bells, it’s likely because it’s been a while since you thought about the Heston film. There, Nova is a love interest to Heston’s Taylor played by Linda Harrison.
In War for the Planet of the Apes, Nova is now a young girl played by actress Amiah Miller, as director Matt Reeves recently confirmed to Entertainment Weekly.
“The battle is not just between the humans and the apes, but in Caesar’s soul. The girl is his pull-back to his empathy and – for lack of a better word – his human side.”
The latest outing of the Apes series puts Serkis’ Caesar against a man known only as “Colonel” played by Hunger Games’ Woody Harrelson. The inclusion of Nova, outside of Caesar, is probably the biggest connection yet between the new film series and the original one that redefined storytelling (and finding ways to translate stories from the movie screen to the television one).
Harrison played Nova in two films, actually – Planet of the Apes and its not-so-stellar 1970 sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes where the Nova character was killed.
Harrison would marry producer Richard D. Zanuck, and would leave acting for a time, before trying to make a return vying for a role in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws, losing the role to Lorraine Gary and settling for a slot in Heston’s Airport 1975.
Nova was actually a character in the original French novel by Pierre Boulle, who is captured by the apes and “mated” with the story protagonist, bearing a son they name Sirius. They eventually escape by disguising themselves as human guinea pigs taking part in early space exploration experiments.
We’ll learn more about what the new Nova is all about when War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 14.
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