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Who Is The Mysterious Little Girl In The 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer?

She actually links back to the original 'Planet of The Apes' movie series.

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The latest movie in the rebooted 'Planet of the Apes' series is set to be released soon

You may have noticed a mysterious little girl in the trailer. The presence of this new, human character amidst the apes has sparked much curiosity about her identity and role in the film.

Turns out, she's not a new character at all, but a reiteration of an old one from the original 1968 version of 'Planet of the Apes'

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Her name is Nova (played by Linda Harrison) and she was one of the first inhabitants that the astronauts met on the new planet. The beautiful yet primitive human girl was a mute who had been captured by the apes while her tribe was raiding their crops.

American astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) was also captured and the apes allowed them to share a cell after noticing the attraction between them. Through her interaction with rational humans, particularly with Taylor, Nova quickly learned a lot and grew as a person.

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Unfortunately, she was tragically killed in the sequel 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' when she was shot by a gorilla towards the end of the movie.

In the upcoming 'War of the Planet of the Apes' movie, we meet Nova (played by Amiah Miller) as a child and explore how she first came into contact with the apes community

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The defenseless and mute Nova is found by the orangutan Maurice (voiced by Karin Konoval) who takes her under his wing and becomes a father-figure to her throughout the course of the movie.

Caesar (voiced by Andy Serkis), the leader of the apes is initially against Nova joining them and even instructs Maurice to leave her behind to die. But upon Maurice's insistence, he reluctantly agrees to bring her along on their quest to defend apekind. He eventually warms to her and is seen to accept her as an honorary ape and great friend in some teaser movie clips.

While we still don't know exactly how prominent or significant a role Nova will be playing in this movie, the fact that fans are essentially getting her origin story is pretty exciting

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But considering that the original series is supposedly set 2000 years in the future after the current rebooted series, there is some confusion as to how the two Novas can be the same person.

Fans are hoping that this movie as well as the future installments will provide a satisfying answer to this question by continuing to explore Nova's story and eventually lead up to the events of the original series.

Don't miss 'War for the Planet of the Apes' when it hits Malaysian cinemas on 13 July 2017!

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