Posted on Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
James Franco (Spider-Man/Milk) has been cast as the lead 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. Franco will play “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.”
Variety reports that Franco beat out “a number of Hollywood’s young elite actors” for the role. Principal photography is set to begin on July 5th 2010, and the film has an announced release date of June 24th 2011.