John Lithgow joins new ‘Planet Of The Apes’ prequel

Veteran actor will play Alzheimer’s patient

John Lithgow has joined the cast of the new Planet Of The Apes prequel.

Rise Of The Apes, which is chronologically set before Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of the original and stars Spiderman actor James Franco as a scientist who begins testing on apes to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

After an experiement goes wrong, a war between man and ape erupts.

Lithgow will play Franco’s Alzheimer’s suffering father, while Slumdog Millionaire‘s Frieda Pinto will co-star as a primatologist.

Rise Of The Apes has been earmarked for release in June next year.