James Franco in ‘Planet of the Apes’ – First Look! (PHOTO)

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He may be an Oscars golden boy but James Franco is heading for the Planet of the Apes!

The first movie still from James’ new Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes, has been released and the handsome actor can be seen getting all kinds of science-y in what looks like a special lab. In the film, James plays a young scientist who attempts to cure Alzheimer’s but ends up creating a super-intelligent ape.

The film also stars Freida Pinto and John Lithgow. The movie will hit theaters on November 23.

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