Harry Potter Actor Tom Felton Comments On Rise of the Apes Movie - Planet of the Apes Prequel and Plot Details
created 01/12/2011 - 10:34pm, updated 01/14/2011 - 7:46pm
Actor Tom Felton, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the sinister member of the Slytherin student body, Draco Malfoy, commented on the script to the Planet of the Apes prequel - Rise of the Apes.
Felton sounds really pumped for this movie:
“It’s one of my favorite scripts of any I’ve read,” Felton said. “It’s a brilliant script. It’s a prequel to the classic, ‘Planet of the Apes,’ so it explains how the apes came to power and it’s a fantastic story, really.”
Felton couldn't release particulars, but did give clues on the plot of the movie:
"It essentially follows one particular ape. The story follows this one ape as he ends up in a primate facility, a facility where my character works. Needless to say, I’m not that keen on the monkeys at my facility. I’m not the most pleasant person they’ve ever come across in their life. I show this one particular ape that there is a dark side to humans, and I’m not very nice. And that leads to a backlash …”
However, the LA Times does give plot details and it sounds similar to the Charlton Heston classic from 1968.
In this prequel, two human scientists are experimenting on a particular ape - Ceaser. Felton's character plays the supporting role to James Franco (Harry Osborn in Spider-Man), another scientist, albeit one empathetic to the apes. They are searching for a cure to Alzeimers when the work has an "unexpected effect" on Ceasar the Ape.
Not to hard to guess just what effect their work has and where the movie goes from here. Still, the original Planet of the Apes was an excellent movie and this just might be able to captalize on that success.
Ceasar, the role of the ape, is being played by Andy Serkis, the actor that portrayed Gollum in Lord of the Rings. Actor John Lithgow also has a role.
Look for Rise of the Apes to swing (couldn't resist!) into theaters on
June 24th, 2011.
Update 1/14/10 7:45pm Eastern: According to the HollywoodReporter the released date has been pushed back to Thanksgiving weekend. Rise of the Apes now opens November 23rd, 2011.