Tom Felton, best known as Draco Malfoy in the HARRY POTTER series, has been tapped by 20th Century Fox for RISE OF THE APES, reports VARIETY. He takes the role of the son of the ape sanctuary owner (Brian Cox). The cast includes James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis and John Lithgow.
The prequel takes place in modern San Francisco where scientists genetically alter apes giving them superior intelligence. Under brutal treatment, the altered apes wage a war against the humans.
Rupert Wyatt is the director. Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa wrote the screenplay. Peter Chernin is the producer.
Production begins next month with June 24, 2011 set for its release.