Harry Potter ‘s Tom Felton Joins Rise of the Apes

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Tom Felton (“Harry Potter’s” Draco Malfoy) has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s Caesar: Rise of the Apes. He’ll play Brian Cox’s son, co-owner of an ape facility.

James Franco, John Lithgow and Freida Pinto star in the Rupert Wyatt-directed sci-fi action adventure. Andy Serkis will do motion capture for the Caesar character.

Effects house Weta Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for Avatar – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.

Set in present day San Francisco, Caesar: Rise of the Apes is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

The film is scheduled for a June 24, 2011 release.