Tom Felton to Go Ape in Next Movie Role

Ready to see Tom Felton monkey around? You’ll get your chance next year.

The Harry Potter star—known as Draco Malfoy to Potter-heads everywhere—will be in the upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes, which is scheduled to swing into theaters in 2011.

Felton recently told WENN (via Starpulse),

“[I]t is a fantastic story and explanation of how the apes from Planet of the Apes came to power. It’s definitely one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. The first question my friends asked was, ‘Are you playing a human?’ and when I said yes they were quite disappointed – because they wanted to see me as a monkey. We’ve got Andy Serkis, from Lord of The Rings, playing the lead ape all with motion capture…It’s really pushing the boundaries of Avatar-style CGI, so it’s gonna really set a new precedent I think. In the film my character’s father owns a primate facility. Of course I’m not the kindest man to my residents and I torture them with a whole host of weapons.”

The movie, which is being directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist), also stars James Franco and Slumdog Millionaire beauty Freida Pinto. The original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie, based on the Pierre Boulle novel, featured Charlton Heston in one of his most memorable and dramatic roles: