Fox might have hoped Tim Burton’s 2001 remake would revive the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, both the studio and fans had to wait another decade, with the release of “Rise of the Planet of Apes,” for an update of the sci-fi classic to take hold with a new generation. Now the third chapter in the reboot series, “War For the Planet of the Apes,” is marching toward theaters, and a new poster for the film offers a look at what’s at stake.
Arriving in the wake of the latest trailer, the poster depicts a determined Caesar, the leader of the apes, carrying a child in his backpack. Played by 12-year-old actress Amiah Miller, the girl was previously revealed as Nova, a character introduced in 1968’s “Planet of the Apes” as an adult, portrayed by Linda Harrison.
In the original film, Nova is the name given by Charlton Heston’s astronaut Taylor to one of the humans he encounters stealing his supplies and raiding a cornfield before their capture by the apes. Taylor and Nova later escape captivity with the help of Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and Zira (Kim Hunter). Harrison reprised the role for the 1970 sequel “Beneath the Planet of the Apes.”
In “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he wrote with Mark Bomback, “War For the Planet of the Apes” stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. The film opens July 14.