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John Lithgow and Freida Pinto join the Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes

Jun. 23, 2010by:

Late last week, we brought news that offers apparently went out to both War Machine Don Cheadle and Indian hottie Freida Pinto (YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) to star in Fox's upcoming RISE OF THE APES, a prequel of sorts to the Charlton Heston classic PLANET OF THE APES. Well now THR's Heat Vision blog is confirming that Pinto is indeed in the film, and joining her will be the marvelous John Lithgow ("Dexter", KINSEY).

Pinto, as Mike speculated in last week's report, will be playing the female lead opposite James Franco as a primatologist. Lithgow, meanwhile, will star as Franco's Alzheimer's-ridden father.

According to Heat Vision, the film "focuses on a scientist (Franco) who has been working on a cure for Alzheimers that is being tested on apes. The test subject named Caesar evolves rapidly, and the scientist takes him home to live with him and protects him from cruel doctors."

RISE OF THE APES begins production this summer in British Columbia.
Extra Tidbit: Lithgow can play such a great villain/asshole.

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3:14AM on 06/24/2010
I would like to see John in more films! So this is good!
I would like to see John in more films! So this is good!
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7:11PM on 06/23/2010

Nice

I still can't believe this movie is actually being made. I mean, I'm a fan of the Apes franchise. But I thought the general consensus was that the Tim Burton remake sucked (I liked it and thought it was good however).

Count me in on this one though. John Lithgow is the man, check him out in Dexter: Season 4. Amazing....
I still can't believe this movie is actually being made. I mean, I'm a fan of the Apes franchise. But I thought the general consensus was that the Tim Burton remake sucked (I liked it and thought it was good however).

Count me in on this one though. John Lithgow is the man, check him out in Dexter: Season 4. Amazing....
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2:16PM on 06/23/2010
Good cast, but this movie doesn't have my interest.
Good cast, but this movie doesn't have my interest.
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1:32PM on 06/23/2010

Me likey

I'd give anything to drive that Pinto! OHHHHHHHHHH!
I'd give anything to drive that Pinto! OHHHHHHHHHH!
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4:43PM on 06/23/2010
classic
classic
10:26AM on 06/23/2010

Could care less about this. . .

However, Lithgow is criminally undercast in anything these days and Pinto is so damn gorgeous. Could stand to put on a few pounds, but MAN, that face. Gorgeous . . .
However, Lithgow is criminally undercast in anything these days and Pinto is so damn gorgeous. Could stand to put on a few pounds, but MAN, that face. Gorgeous . . .
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9:17AM on 06/23/2010
I go where Lithgow(s) hehe. I will have to see this now because of JL.
I go where Lithgow(s) hehe. I will have to see this now because of JL.
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9:13AM on 06/23/2010

drool

you post one more picture of Pinto and I am moving to India. What's the bar scene like out there?
you post one more picture of Pinto and I am moving to India. What's the bar scene like out there?
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