First Image of James Franco In ‘Rise of the Apes’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:51 am,

James Franco in Rise of the Apes First Image of James Franco In Rise of the Apes

Given how often James Franco’s name has been popping up in the world of entertainment news lately, it’s a wonder that he only has two major features due out in 2011 – this spring’s Medieval comedy Your Highness and Rise of the Apes in November.

The first still from the Planet of the Apes prequel has been unveiled and it’s a pretty basic pic of Franco as Will Rodman, a scientist whose cutting-edge experiments end up dooming humanity (don’t they always in Hollywood).

Here’s a description for Rise of the Apes that’s more official – but still light on the details:

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

Andy Serkis is keeping in motion-capture shape – portraying Gollum in The Hobbit by donning a skintight suit as well as dots on his face to portray the CGI ape Caesar in Rise of the Apes. In case you weren’t sure, he’s the simian who develops human-like intelligence and leads a revolt against his human captors, including the cruel owner of a primate sanctuary (Brian Cox) and his son (Tom Felton).

Freida Pinto also costars in the prequel, while Franco’s character reportedly plays a pivotal role in the ensuing war between man and ape. He certainly looks like a shifty character, sitting there with his Bluetooth device on, eying charts of data on his monitor – doesn’t he?

Check out the first image from Rise of the Apes (via JoBlo) below:

First look at James Franco in Rise of the Apes First Image of James Franco In Rise of the Apes

Since the apes will be digital creations, and not humans in makeup this time around, Rise of the Apes‘ non-human primate stars will presumably look and move far more realistic than those in any of the previous Apes movies. The prequel has a great cast as well as solid ┬átalent working behind the camera, but it’s probably best to wait for the trailer before you start feeling either too excited or pessimistic about this one.

Rise of the Apes hits theaters on November 23rd, 2011.

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  1. at first glance it looks like it could just be a picture of him using his cell phone

    • It is just a picture of him using a cell phone… in a cafeteria.

  2. Why? …I honestly see no reason to make this movie. Franco needs to start preparing to play Jesse Custer in the Preacher movie. I wish.

    • really? I think the planet of the apes movies have been let downs; every single one of them. This one will most likely be much better so im glad theyre giving it a shot. And as far as a reason to make this movie, there is always the money that it’ll make.

      • Even the original?


        • I really “liked” how the whole raceist & revolution themes played out, I just forget that mr Wahlberg ever made the other flick.

  3. I love the Ape movies, except for the abomination of late with Marky Mark.

    Im on the fence with this one, I do like Franco but I guess this is one I’ll hang on the “maybe” hook until SR reviews it (hopefully Vic on this one(no offense Kofi and the rest!)).

  4. The original was so captivating. I was really young when I saw it first and loved it even them.
    The last scene with that ape sitting in Lincoln’s place – pure genius.

    Bring on more apes!

    • That wasn’t the original that was the remake.

    • While I didn’t think that version was all that bad, the REAL original is the true classic (Charleston Heston version). I would recommend renting it.

  5. Hmm ya know, my last comment was sorta generation biased against the other reviewers – but dont mean to take away from the talent here. There’s probably no way to say what Im trying to say without puttin the other foot in my mouth, lol…..

  6. I’ve always been curious about the origns of the Planet of the Apes. The first one (Original with Heston) only shows Heston and the others crash landing several years in the future. So, I’d be interested to see what happened during those years he and the others where in sleep animation.

    Makes me wonder if they will show a group of astronauts going to space in this movie or something to connect the original Apes to the Rise of the Apes.

  7. This could be interesting or it could really suck, don’t know which one yet. Hopping it will be interesting.