Acting legend Brian Cox is in final negotiations to play the villain in “Rise of the Apes” for 20th Century Fox reports The Wrap.
The story focuses on a scientist (James Franco) working on an Alzheimer’s cure being tested on apes. The test subject named Caesar evolves rapidly, forcing the scientist to take him home and live with him to protect him from cruel doctors.
Cox would play the brutal and villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility with no compassion for its animal inhabitants. Freida Pinto, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis also star.
Rupert Wyatt directs the project and previously worked with Cox on the prison drama “The Escapist”. Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa wrote the screenplay and are producing alongside Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark. Shooting kicks off this Summer in British Columbia.