Freida Pinto is joining James Franco in an upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel.
Yeah, they’re going to there. Again-ish. I thought the Mark Wahlberg remake pretty much let it be known audiences were just not that into the franchise….
Amway, the Slumdog Millionaire star will play a primatologist in Rise of the Apes, while Franco will portray a (dashing) scientist. Set in present-day San Francisco, the movie depicts how mankind’s experimentation with genetic engineering ultimately results in a war between humans and intelligent apes.
John Lithgow has signed on as well, to play Franco’s father.
Rise of the Apes is scheduled to open on next June.
Pinto will next be seen in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, and War of the Gods opposite the studly Kellan Lutz and Henry Cavill.