It’s like they’re casting Rise of the Apes to appeal just to me. The cast so far is top notch, and now they’re filling even minor roles with actors guaranteed to get a rise from ol’ Devin. The latest: Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films, is coming on board to play the son of nasty monkey torturer Brian Cox. That’s according to 20th Century Fox’s own Twitter feed. Rise of the Apes chugs along in production right now, so I wouldn’t expect to see anything from them at Comic Con.

Meanwhile, Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, is getting into a Hammer movie. You may remember that Hammer Films has resurrected itself (the Let the Right One In remake is a Hammer Film), and they’ve brought in young Potter to be the lead in their ghost movie, The Woman in Black. Here’s the synopsis from the press release:

To be directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and written by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, The Debt) The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance.  Production is expected to begin in the Fall of 2010.

The movie is based on a book by Susan Hill, which is apparently a novel that shows up on British school reading lists and the like.