According to Variety, John Lithgow and Slumdog Millionaire‚Äôs Freida Pinto are both close to signing on to join James Franco in next year‚Äôs Rise Of The Apes‚ÄĒall part of a carefully considered plan by 20th Century Fox to make us pay attention to its Planet Of The Apes reboot and learn about the dangers of creating super-intelligent primates before it‚Äôs too late. Pinto will play a primatologist, ostensibly a sexy one, whose research becomes sexily entangled with Franco‚Äôs own scientific monkeyshines, which will lead to the inevitable war between man and ape. Lithgow is in talks to play Franco‚Äôs father, where he will presumably put all the monkey-man diplomacy he learned from Harry And The Hendersons to good use as the trio attempts to save Earth from being overrun by photorealistic apes‚ÄĒeven though we already know that they will fail. Rise Of The Apes begins filming next month; references to "Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off" begin right now.

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