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New War for the Planet of the Apes trailer features connection to 1968 original

Meet Nova, the little human girl among Apes who is more important than she may seem.

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The original Planet of the Apes is a classic film that has spawned many sequels and two reboots. The most recent of those reboots has become a franchise in its own right, with the third film in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters later this summer. And in a nod to the source material, the latest trailer for the film unveils a character some fans might remember from way back when.

In the ambient, slightly mellower clip above, we meet a defenseless and mute little girl named Nova (Amiah Miller), who is taken under wing by the wise orangutan Maurice. Reluctantly, Caesar (Andy Serkis), the leader of the apes, agrees to bring her along on their quest to defend apekind against what remains of humanity. Fans of the original film might remember Nova (Linda Harrison) as the human mate to the captive George Taylor (Charlton Heston), and EW confirmed last year that the two Novas are one and the same.

While the continuity between the two film series has yet to be ironed out, the character of Nova signals a significant move on the part of director Matt Reeves to allow his film’s world to collide with that of the original. Perhaps viewers should be on the lookout this summer for that iconic fallen Statue of Liberty.

War for the Planet of the Apes is out July 14. See a new poster below.

Chernin Entertainment