War for the Planet of the Apes is important for two reasons: it’s the last in this current prequel trilogy, and its events will finally catch this series up with the original Planet of the Apes by introducing another key character. You might’ve noticed there’s a young human girl in some of the trailers. That’s Nova, the mute woman we meet in the original film who becomes Charlton Heston’s human companion.

A new character-centric trailer introduces us to the young girl version of Nova, who can’t speak and yet makes friends with Maurice the gentle orangutan who lacks the faculties for speech and so talks through sign language. She’ll be an important character in this film, especially for Caesar, who has since outlived all his human companions in the war for the apes’ survival. Apes together strong, but maybe some humans aren’t so bad either.

Here’s the movie’s synopsis:

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.

War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 14.

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