Aside from a line referring to the expedition led by Charlton Heston‘s character Taylor, there haven’t been too many references to the original Planet of the Apes series in the rebooted franchise that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. Apparently the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes will be making those ties much more explicit by not only including references to those films from the 60s and 70s, but including a major, albeit younger version, of a character seen in the original 1968 Planet of the Apes. If you’ve seen the trailer for the film, then you already know who it might be…
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Matt Reeves reveals that the young girl riding on horseback with Maurice, as seen in the trailer, is Nova, who in the ’68 original was the woman rescued by Taylor from the apes and goes with him into the forbidden zone where he learns the horrible truth about the planet of the apes. (Spoiler alert: It was Earth all along.) In that film, Nova was played by Linda Harrison.
For War though, Reeves said that young Nova’s appearance is more than some Easter egg. As the story unfolds, she ends up being emblematic of the struggle inside the ape’s leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) as the war with the humans comes to its costly conclusion. “The battle is not just between the humans and the apes, but in Caesar’s soul,” Reeves explained. “The girl is his pull back to his empathy and — for lack of a better word — his human side.” Will that be enough though to spare both races from a ghastly fate? Well, if the little girl is indeed Nova, then you probably know how all this turns out.
War for the Planet of the Apes will be in theatres everywhere July 14, 2017.
Source: Comic Book Movie