James Franco To Star In ‘Rise Of The Apes’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

2oth Century Fox’s new installment of the Planet of The Apes franchise – which is being directed by Rupert Wyatt – is moving ahead at full steam. The film,  Rise of the Apes,  has now snagged a lead: Spider-Man star James Franco.

The Rise of The Apes role comes in addition to the various other projects that Franco has lined up in recent months.

Rise of the Apes is set in modern day (or at the very least, the near future) and it shows how the apes came to dominate the planet as seen in the original 1968 film and its sequels (we’ll forget the remake).  Franco will play the scientist who is working on a cure for Alzheimers with a test monkey named Caesar (one of the previous titles of the film). The primate begins to develop at a rapid pace and it soon leads a revolt against the humans – leading to a Planet of the Apes.

planet of apes James Franco To Star In Rise Of The Apes

Apes has been quietly developed at Fox for the last few years, but the company only recently officially announced the project along with a director and a release date of June 24th, 2011. While the film isn’t expected to be  a special effects extravaganza, it will feature apes by Peter Jackson’s  Weta Digital special effects house.

Recently Franco has been signing on to a wide range of projects in multiple genres, including TV soap General Hospital; R-rated comedy Ricky Stanicky; romantic drama Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts and 127 Hours for director Danny Boyle.

Find out more about Rise of the Apes and other James Franco roles at Screen Rant.

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  1. B-b-b-but … we already saw how the apes came to power in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.” And Caesar wasn’t “created” by human experiments — he was born into his past because his parents traveled back in time in “Escape from the Planet of the Apes.”

    Sounds to me like this prequel will ignore the sequels and just make use of the original.

    • That’s exactly what it is, or so I read. Forget the previous Heston et al, films and think only of the recent incarnation. That way, if the history is totally different, we won’t be pulling our collective hair out.

      • Yeah, but Lisa — this article says the opposite (that the reincarnation should be forgotten). Does Screen Rant have the wrong background on the film?

        • When she said recent she meant this one! Just saying… :)

    • That’s why I have literally no interest in this film. We already saw how the apes came to power in “Conquest”, so why do make a prequel on something that has already been told? Plus, CG apes is gonna bad idea.

      • Indeed. Besides, wasn’t it more than implied that the apes gained intelligence b/c more than 2000 years had gone by … not to mention the massive amount of radiation in the atmosphere (mutations) from the nuke exchange?

        • I think it was that humans started to train apes to be pets (or slaves)after a disease killed off cats and dogs. It’s something like that, I haven’t seen the film in a while.

  2. Yep, correct. But only Caesar could talk; I thought after 2000 years and with the [nuclear] war this enabled the rest of the simians to reach rudimentary human-like levels of civilization.

  3. It’ll be interesting how this new take will exploit the latest discoveries in biology and anthropological archeology…

  4. Loving this, I cant get enough of planet of the apes for the soul reason that each story exists on different platforms of science fiction.

    I actually was looking forward to the sequel! Where the Apes controlled everything in a very cosmopolitan world not unlike our own! Very interesting! Loving it! More more more more more! heheh

    • Hey Wepz check out “Fiasco” and “Eden” by Stanislaw Lem. They have a flavor reminding me of “Planet Of The Apes.”

  5. well theres an actor I think that is great I would love to see Defranco do a great film and get an oscar, i think with Defranco the best is yet to come. I feel he’s an actor that deserves to shine at the oscars,I think he has great acting skills, ile never forget him in the film with Al Pacino and the film also about James Dean,,, I think He will be great in this planet of the apes,, and I hope he gets more big roles in films he is a superb actor, every role he does he does it with great conviction and strength. Maybe bring him into the next IndiAnna Jones flic i think he would bring a great and intense performance that could help Shia who is a great actor too can you imagine those two in the one film with a good script it would be awesome especially for indi.