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John Lithgow Joins Rise Of The Apes


There's no confirmation yet of Don Cheadle's possible involvement, but The Hollywood Reporter's Heatvision Blog this morning confirms that Frida Pinto and John Lithgow will join James Franco in Rise of the Apes.


There's a bit of extra plot-reveal too: the genetic engineering experiments that form Franco's research (and cause the evolutionary leap that makes gorillas into soldiers, orang-utans into sages and chimps into academics) are a search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease (wait, wasn't that the rationale in Deep Blue Sea?). Lithgow will play Franco's dementia-stricken father, while Pinto's female-lead role is as a primatologist.


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