The battle for the planet is in full swing – at least, it is in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ prequel trilogy that have coming to theaters for the last six years.  Starting with ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ and continuing into ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ director Matt Reeves (who took over from ‘Rise’ director Rupert Wyatt) has worked with production company 20th Century Fox to create a slow-burn style of films that seems to be slowly putting in place the building blocks for this film series to connect with the original series of ‘Apes’ films.  Over the weekend, a video was released that puts another “connection” in place: that of original film series character Nova.

In the video, Nova is shown as a young child, being taken in by the sentient simians.  Fans of the original series will remember, however, that Nova is shown as an adult to be a mute human slave of the apes, who helps Charlton Heston’s character escape from their captivity.

Take a look at the new video and see for yourself:

Is this video meant to insinuate that the two characters are one and the same?  It would be a challenge to make that connection, as the original films were deemed to take place “far in the future of mankind,” so the timing doesn’t quite add up… but hey, it’s science-fiction, so anything is possible!

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’ opens in American theaters on July 14, 2017.

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