Fox’s prequel to Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Apes, has its human star – James Franco. The actor signed on to play a young scientist who breaks the rules to try and find a way to cure his father’s Alzheimer’s. Instead he ends up creating a hyperintelligent chimp whose ancestors will one day hose down Charlton Heston.

Franco seems like a fine choice for the role, if only because on paper the character is pretty flavorless and he can do something interesting with it.

Shooting stars July 5th in Canada.

via Variety