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John Lithgow Joins Rise Of The Apes
Plus Frida Pinto confirmed

23 June 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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There's no confirmation yet of Don Cheadle's possible involvement, but The Hollywood Reporter's Heatvision Blog this morning confirms that Frida Pinto and John Lithgow will join James Franco in Rise of the Apes.

There's a bit of extra plot-reveal too: the genetic engineering experiments that form Franco's research (and cause the evolutionary leap that makes gorillas into soldiers, orang-utans into sages and chimps into academics) are a search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease (wait, wasn't that the rationale in Deep Blue Sea?). Lithgow will play Franco's dementia-stricken father, while Pinto's female-lead role is as a primatologist.

After years in 3rd Rock From the Sun, Lithgow is having a bit of a renaissance as a serious actor, what with this (which could be quite an affecting performance) and his serial-killing turn in Dexter.

Pinto meanwhile, is ticking all the right career boxes: following Slumdog Millionaire with Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and then racking up the mainstream Hollywood with both this and Tarsem Singh's Greek gods-bothering Immortals

Rise of the Apes is building a strong cast, and has an intriguing director in The Escapist's Rupert Wyatt. The script is by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Peter Chernin is producing, the digital apes are by WETA, shooting starts shortly in British Columbia, and a release-date of June 2011 is already locked.


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Roo As Ape?
Wayne Rooney should play the first ape to talk...imagine all the money you'd save on CGI effects! More

Posted by BenTramer at 06:07 on 24 June 2010 | Report This Post

I'm looking forward to this ..........
WAY more than I was looking forward to that dreadful Tim Burton misfire/remake from a decade ago (does anyone even remember that film) I'd be willing to bet that even Mark Wahlberg has scratched that off his CV. Sounds like the studio are approaching this from the right angle, good concept, great cast. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 10:40 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Rise of the Apes
James Franco as a scientist?! lol And who wants to see a serious John Lithgow? More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 10:26 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

Rise of the Apes
Tired old plot - cure for Alzheimer's disease. Hopefully the rest of the film will make up for that over sight. More

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