James Franco joins Apes

James Franco to star in Planet of the Apes prequel

James Franco is in talks to star in Rise of the Apes, the prequel to the 2001 film Planet of the Apes.

Franco is in talks to play a scientist who intervenes in the war between humans and apes.

The picture is said to deal with the consequences of human experiments in genetic engineering which lead to extremely high intelligence in apes.

Rise of the Apes is expected to hit cinemas June 2011.