Daena is a supporting main character and the love interest of Leo Davidson in the 2001 Planet of the Apes movie.


Daena was a rebellious female member of the human "Tek" clan, daughter of Sarai and Karubi, who lived in the jungles surrounding Ape City. Along with her father, Birn and Gunnar, she was captured by the slave driver Limbo and sold to the chimpanzee activist, Ari. She escaped with Leo Davidson into the Forbidden Zone and rallied her people into revolt against ape power.


  • Daena is based on Nova from the original 1968 movie, although a chimp character named Nova also features in this movie.
  • 'Daena' is the name of a Persian goddess. In the first treatment of William Broyles' story, Daena is a beautiful human slave in the city of Derkein, unrelated to Karubi .[1] In the first draft script, Daena has become the loyal daughter of 'Kirubi' (as in the film). After an opening battle between the humans of the Clonfert Confederation and the apes of the Derkein Empire, Daena flees to the Garuda Republic, taking Leo's crashed space-pod with her. Gunnar is Daena's partner, but is sent to his death in the gladiator arena of Derkein.[2]
  • Daena is a good swimmer, allowing actress Estella Warren to demonstrate her award-winning swimming experience.




  1. Annals of the Planet Ashlar Treatment, by William Broyles Jr. (4 August 1999)
  2. The Visitor First Draft Script, by William Broyles Jr. (24 September 1999)
Planet of the Apes - The Chronicle of Ashlar
Planet of the Apes TB
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Main Characters
Leo Davidson | Ari | Thade | Attar | Krull | Limbo | Daena
Supporting Characters
Grace Alexander | Aspasia | Bon | Leeta | | Thade's Niece | Tuug | Karl Vasich | Woman in Cart | Zaius | Sandar | Nado | Nova | Pericles | Semos | Birn | Gunnar | Karubi | Tival
Ashlar | Calima | Oberon | Derkein
Comics, Novels & Magazines
The Human War | Planet Of The Apes (2001) Graphic Novel | Planet of the Apes (2001) (Junior Novelisation) | Planet of the Apes (2001) Concept Art & Costume Tests
Soundtrack Music
Planet of the Apes (2001 Soundtrack Album)
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