War for the Planet of the Apes introduces us to Nova

War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest entry in the rebooted franchise, isn’t scheduled to hit theaters for over a month—which means 20th Century Fox is naturally doing everything possible to make sure that last month is excruciating to deal with. Between the two previous movies in the rebooted series, Matt Reeves’ filmography, and the trailers already released for War, it’s shaping up to be one of the summer’s most exciting movies.

Every teaser, trailer, and look released so far has shown the film’s potential to follow in its predecessors’ footsteps as a summer blockbuster with added depth. This latest look solidifies its potential to be something even bigger than that, though.

 

The clip focuses on a young girl named Nova (Amiah Miller) and the space she occupies in the story. Previous marketing for the film has largely focused on action and warfare, but this latest look slows things on to remind viewers of the drama at the core of this franchise. Nova forces Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the rest of the apes to confront compassion and caring while waging war, and she brings longstanding moral and emotional compass Maurice (Karin Konoval) front and center, which is always a good thing.

While Nova has been featured briefly in teasers and trailers, this is the first real look at her role in the film. She isn’t an entirely new character, though. Entertainment Weekly reported on the character’s role in the story along with the confirmation that she is in fact the same Nova played by Linda Harrison in the original Planet of the Apes series back in December.

The end of the clip includes a URL where interested parties (which, again, should be literally everyone) can claim passes for an early screening of the film on June 19. Maybe that final stretch won’t be so excruciating after all.

20th Century Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay written by Reeves and Mark Bomback. It also stars Steve Zahn and Terry Notary as Caesar’s allies and Woody Harrelson as The Colonel. It officially releases July 14, 2017.

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