The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Freida Pinto will be joining Rise of the Apes following speculation that the actress was offered a role last week. Pinto will be the female lead opposite James Franco, and will play a primatologist (a person who studies primates).
John Lithgow, who earlier this year won a Golden Globe for his role in Dexter, will play Franco’s Alzheimer’s-stricken father.
No confirmation yet on whether Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) has also signed up for the film as rumored, although with filming expected to begin next month in British Columbia further casting will be confirmed soon.
Rise of the Apes, which will be directed by Rupert Wyatt, is an origins story set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.