First Look at James Franco in Rise of the Apes

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20th Century Fox has provided ComingSoon.net with a first look at James Franco in Rise of the Apes, opening in theaters on November 23. Franco, who is co-hosting the Oscars on Sunday with Anne Hathaway, stars in the Rupert Wyatt-directed film with John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelowo.

Oscar-winning visual 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, 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.

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