Audiences love the summer because it’s the home of the blockbuster but, in terms of memorable films, the summer of 2010 was a major disappointment. Outside of Toy Story 3 and Inception, the rest of the top 10 films at the box office were a mixed bag of mediocre sequels and remakes. Thankfully, next summer will more than make up for it, at least in terms of blockbuster potential.

The summer of 2011 is absolutely loaded with massive, big budget films including huge sequels Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Hangover 2, new superhero films like Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America: The Last Avenger, kids fare such as Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Smurfs 3D and don’t forget Super 8, Rise of the Apes, X-Men: First Class and more.

Jon Favreau, director of one of the summer’s wildcards, Cowboys and Aliens, is potentially nervous about the box office back up and feels like many films are going to suffer surprising casualties. Hit the jump for more. Read More »

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Just Jared (via: BleedingCool) has the first set photo of James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis in The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt‘s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The photo is interesting because you can see Serkis in his performance capture suit, complete with head camera (which captures facial movements).

As you probably recall, the Apes in the movie are being created using CGI by the wonderful tram at WETA Digital, rather than the costumed actors we’ve seen in past installments of the franchise. WETA will employ “certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR” and “will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.”

Check out the full image after the jump.

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Tom Felton Joins Rise of the Apes

Tom Felton

Tom Felton, the young actor best known as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, has been cast in The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt‘s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes.Felton will play the son of Brian Cox’s character, who is “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there.”

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David Oyelowo In Talks To Join Rise of the Apes

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David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, A Sound of Thunder, Derailed) has been offered a role in The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt‘s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. Bloody Disgusting reports that 20th Century Fox has offered Oyelowo the role of Steve Jacobs, the board of directors who announces phase 2, clinical trials.

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Brian Cox Joins Rise of the Apes

Brian Cox

Brian Cox will reunite with The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt in 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the ApesThe Wrap reports that Cox will play “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there.”

Cox will join James Franco (Spider-Man/Milk) who is set to play the lead, “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” Other co-stars include John Lithgow, who plays Franco’s father, also a scientist, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), who plays a primatologist who helps Franco, and Andy Serkis, who will play Caesar, the chimp who leads the simian revolt.

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The history of Rise of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel to be directed by The Escapist‘s Rupert Wyatt, goes back a few years. It was set in motion at Fox by Scott Frank, who developed a script called Caesar, which was intended as “a hard science fiction film about humans that use science to create hyper-intelligent chimpanzees.” Obviously, the primary super-chimp created in the story is Caesar, and that creature sets in motion events that eventually lead to Planet of the Apes.

A few things have changed, with a new script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, but Caesar is still in the story with a primary role. And now he’ll be played by an actor with great simian experience: Andy Serkis. Read More »

John Lithgow Joins Planet of the Apes Prequel

John Lithgow

John Lithgow has signed on to join in 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. Lithgow joins James Franco (Spider-Man/Milk) who is set to play the lead, “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” Lithgow will play Franco’s Alzheimer’s-stricken father. and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) is set to play Caroline, the film’s female lead who is “a primatologist.” Don Cheadle (Iron Man) is also rumored to be on board. The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

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Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Don Cheadle (Iron Man) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) have been offered roles in 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. If they sign on, they would join James Franco (Spider-Man/Milk) who is set to play the lead, “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” No word on what parts Cheadle and Pinto would play.

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