Planet Of The Apes prequel signs Lithgow

Freida Pinto also joins

Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes prequel Rise Of The Apes has signed John Lithgow and Freida Pinto.

The duo will join the already-cast James Franco in the belated entry into the film series.

Franco plays a scientist who is attempting to create a cure for Alzheimer’s by testing on apes. But when one trial causes test subject Caeser to rapidly evolve, Franco takes the cheeky chap into his home and away from prying eyes.

Heat Vision report that Lithgow will play Franco’s “Alzheimer’s-stricken father” (hello motivation), while Pinto “is the movie’s female lead, a primatologist”. We assume Franco will get primal with her.

Rupert Wyatt is directing, having helmed the decent if not widely-known The Escapist back in 2008. His Sebastian Faulks adaptation Birdsong is also out soon.

Lithgow most recently earned himself a Golden Globe for his turn as a serial killer in TV’s Dexter (and showed face in Amy Adams romp Leap Year), while Freida Pinto has been shooting god epic Immortals alongside Mickey Rourke.

Source: [Heat Vision]

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    • Rosewood09

      Jun 23rd 2010, 10:50

      Intrigued by this - certainly sounds a better premise than the c**p Mark Wahlberg-starring remake, and the originals were quite enjoyable.

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    • zenzerozone

      Jun 26th 2010, 1:06

      can't we just leave the classics alone? Want a prequel to the original Planet of the Apes? Look no further than Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove.

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