With filming set to begin next month it was expected that 20th Century Fox would be locking in other actors to join James Franco in the Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. Well according to Bloody-Disgusting both Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) and Frida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) have been offered roles in the film, although who they will play is unknown the moment.
Franco will be playing “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes”, so Cheadle and Pinto may be fellow scientists who get caught up in the ape revolution. Peter Jackson’s visual effects company WETA Digital will render photo-realistic apes rather than have people in costumes, although if the apes get talkative they may require an actor to deliver a performance.
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. Fox has set a June 24th 2011 release for the film so the have less than a year to create a new addition to the Planet of the Apes franchise. Hopefully it will be better than Tim Burton’s outing in 2001.