John Lithgow and Freida Pinto Go Ape for Fox

John LithgowLooks like it’s bananas for “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Freida Pinto. The actress, along with John Lithgow (last seen making good guy serial killer Dexter’s life miserable), has officially joined the cast of Fox’s “Planet of the Apes” prequel, “Rise of the Apes”. Previous reports had Pinto and Don Cheadle in the running to join the sci-fi film, with Cheadle’s addition still up in the air.

Lithgow has been cast as James Franco’s father, while Pinto (below), as expected will be playing Franco’s love interest, a no doubt incredibly cute primatologist,.

In the prequel, Lithgow’s character is suffering from Alzheimer’s, which plays a huge part in the film’s plot. The movie has Franco playing a scientist trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and using apes as his test subjects. When one of the apes, named Caesar starts displaying intelligence, Franco takes him home to protect him. That, as it turns out, was a bad idea. Soon ol Caesar’s leading an ape rebellion and overthrowing the human population. Oops?

Rupert Wyatt is directing the 20th Century Fox film, set for a 2011 release.

Freida Pinto in Immortals (2011) Movie Image