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

By Sean O’Connell 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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