John Lithgow and Freida Pinto Join ‘Rise of the Apes’

This prequel to ‘Planet of the Apes’ shoots next month.
BY | Lithgow and Freida Pinto are set for Rise of the Apes In a story from Variety, Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and John Lithgow have joined Rise of the Apes for 20th Century Fox. This film is a prequel to Planet of the Apes.

John Lithgow will be playing the father of James Franco's character. Pinto will play the part of Caroline, a primatologist.

Chernin Entertainment is producing this prequel. Peter Jackson's WETA digital is going to create photo-realistic apes, instead of costumed actors, for the first time in the franchise.

Rise of the Apes is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

Franco is going to play a scientist who becomes a central figure in the war between humans and the apes. Rise of the Apes will shoot next month and then hit theaters June 24, 2011.

The script was written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released August 5th, 2011.


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  • vanboy • 5 years ago

    In this movie, Franco's character will have to go on a famous TV show to win a million bananas and his freedom from the apes and then run away with Pinto, to live happily ever after.


    • err2005 • 5 years ago

      i still haven't seen the escapist but i hear good things.

      i'm not super-psyched about another talking monkey movie but i'm not going to sit here and pretend i won't watch it some day.


      • thenewdrug89 • 5 years ago

        The cast is really great for this, but i wonder if they are going to continue to make like a new trilogy of origin movies from this one. The only reason i say this is b/c i seriously doubt that they are going to show everything from present time to when the apes actually are running the earth. I think it would feel too rushed if they tried to do that. I'll still check it out tho.


        • instead8909 • 5 years ago

          Once this is done what then.


          • robertswww • 5 years ago

            The story sounds like they have laid a good framework and premise for the prequel. I hope the CGI apes look believable as well.


            • bane5000 • 5 years ago

              this cast is getting to be great, john lithgow is the man, loved him on 3rd rock from the sun and he owned dexter this past season, im sure this movie will redeem the apes series by exploring the deeper and darker side of genetics and how the apes came to be and see franco handle being the center figure of the war...

              is it official with don cheadle yet?


              • dan1 • 5 years ago

                Pinto is gorgeous. Love John Lithgow, too, he's a great character actor. Recently watched him tear it up on season 4 of Dexter :)


                • cripple • 5 years ago

                  Liking the casting so far of this one. Hope this turns out well.


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