Friday, June 18, 2010

Rise of the Apes Casting

This cast is shaping quite nicely. We already know that James Franco will star in Fox's Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes prequel that Rupert Wyatt is directing this summer up in Vancouver. But besides Franco, no other cast members have been announced yet, although we do know they'll be using Weta to create CGI apes instead of using men in suits. Bloody-Disgusting, of all places, is reporting that offers have been made (read: they're not signed yet) to actors Don Cheadle (last seen in Iron Man 2) and Freida Pinto (last seen in Slumdog Millionaire) for roles in the movie. But as of now, it's unconfirmed if these two will be joining.

Rise of the Apes is set in contemporary San Francisco and follows a young scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes. Franco's character has been working on a cure for Alzheimer's, testing it on apes. One of them, named Caesar, starts to evolve rapidly, and the scientist takes him home to live with him and protect him from "cruel doctors," thus starting the inevitable ape revolution. No clue what roles Cheadle or Pinto will be playing, but I'd love to see the two of them cast in this. I have a feeling Rupert Wyatt is putting together one hell of a reboot. Looking forward to seeing who else joins the cast - stay tuned!

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