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Brian Cox negotiating for villainous “Rise of the Apes” role

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Throw another ape into the mix.

Brian Cox is in final negotiations to join “Rise of the Apes,” the announced “Planet of the Apes” prequel/sequel that will reach theaters in June 2011, according to The Wrap. Cox would play the owner of a controversial primate sanctuary whose cruel practices eventually lead to an ape riot.

Cox will join an already impressive cast, including James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis. “Rise of the Apes” takes place in modern-day San Francisco, and will explain how experiments created mentally advanced apes, and led to the eventual battle for ape supremacy.

Rupert Wyatt will direct. “Rise” is scheduled for release on June 24, 2011.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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