James Franco is the Human in Rise of the Apes, Ricky Stanicky

James Franco is a busy guy. Besides being gifted with unGodly good looks and having to constantly fend off the advances of leggy supermodels that want to jump his bones, ol James has a ton of projects that’s currently keeping him occupied. Okay, so I don’t really know if he really is all that busy, but according to this Vulture article, he’s apparently very easy. I’m going to take their word for it. They are, after all, called the Vulture blog, and that’s, you know, kind of scary. At least, if you have a fear of vultures as I do. They eat the dead, you know.

But I digress.

So, James Franco has landed the human lead in Fox’s upcoming “Planet of the Apes” prequel, “Rise of the Apes”, scheduled to rebel in theaters everywhere in the summer of 2011. Rupert Wyatt will direct the prequel, which will be set in present day San Francisco, and eventually lead to the future where apes lord over humans as seen in the “Planet of the Apes” movies.

The film will find Franco playing a young scientist who becomes a “crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” I think that means he tries to stop the war, but of course we know he fails miserably. Thanks a lot, young handsome scientist played by James Franco.

Meanwhile, the very busy Franco has also landed the lead in the comedy “Ricky Stanicky”. Now, I don’t normally cover comedies here, but I love the idea behind “Stanicky”: three friends hire Franco, playing an actor, to play the titular Ricky Stanicky, the imaginary guy the mischievous threesome have been blaming for all their misdeeds since they were kids and continue to do so now that they’ve all grown up and married.

Problem is, now the wives demand to meet this Ricky Stanicky fellow, forcing the buddies to hire Franco. The film, from writer Jeff Bushell, will be Rated R, and producers are apparently looking to lure in “The Hangover” crowd. They’re already starting to compare it to that raunchy surprise hit.

By the way, in his spare time, James Franco is Santa Claus: