Brian Cox Onboard For ‘Rise of the Apes’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

Scottish-born thespian Brian Cox is set to reunite with director Rupert Wyatt – his collaborator on the prison escape flick The Escapist – for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes.

Cox is the latest well-regarded actor to join the cast of Rise of the Apes over the past few weeks, with John Lithgow and Freida Pinto cast as scientists and Andy Serkis set to play the revolution-leading ape Caesar via motion-capture performance – something Serkis is well practiced in by this point in his career.

James Franco will be starring opposite Serkis in the Planet of the Apes prequel – Franco will play the role of “a young, driven scientist [and son of Lithgow's character] who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.”

The majority of moviegoers are probably most familiar with Cox for his villainous turns as Ward Abbot in The Bourne Identity/Supremacy and Col. William Stryker in X2: X-Men United (see below) – some might even recall that he was also the original Dr. Hannibal Lector in Michael Mann’s 1986 film version of Manhunter.  He will play another sinister figure in Rise of the Apes as well, who is described as “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there.”

Brian Cox in X2 Brian Cox Onboard For Rise of the Apes

Rise of the Apes will be the first film in the history of the Apes franchise to use CGI and mo-cap technology to bring the apes to life, as opposed to more traditional makeup.  The realism of said FX has improved significantly over the last decade alone and (despite my personal preference for practical filmmaking tools) I have to admit that the intelligent simians will probably come closer to resembling actual, real-life animals than ever before in the history of the series.

Will the thematic elements of the film be up to par as well?  Well, Cox very rarely gives a bad performance and the rest of the cast is usually solid as well.  For now, I’d say this is one sci-fi prequel that actually has the potential to be an intelligent blockbuster.

Rise of the Apes will arrive in theaters in the U.S. on June 24th, 2011.

Source: The Wrap (via /Film)

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  1. This film has an alarmingly good cast!

    • Just not sold on Pinto.

  2. Great news!

  3. This can be really good or really bad. The Planet of The Apes movies were some of the most thought provoking movies when they originally came out.I was also a child so that might throw it in a whole new perspective, thought provoking,..child,…over imaginative…….Nooo. They were great movies. The last one wasn’t bad, with whats his face. It wasn’t great either!
    I hope they can do better with this one. the original rise of the apes was cool, you know, as cool as talking apes could get at the time. The story was easy to imagine, that made it believable If they can do just as good as they did with the original they will have a hit!!!

  4. Wasn’t he rumoured to play Thorin in The Hobbit? I guess we can rule that out, then…

  5. Mr. Cox is a really fine actor, and a welcomed addition.