James Franco Gets Scientist Sexy for ‘Apes’ Trailer (VIDEO)

Mike Hess / April 14, 2011

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James Franco tends to get references to his resemblance to Hollywood legend James Dean. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, however, the ubiquitous star channels a little more Charlton Heston than Dean.

Taking on the storied movie series, Franco carves out his own niche in the Rise trailer, the latest installment of the ape-apocalypse set of films. As the head of a scientific research firm conducting experiments on apes, Franco leads an experiment that seems to go horribly …. no wait, terribly wrong.Franco shares the screen with Slumdog Millionaire beauty Freida Pinto.

Rise is set to be released on August 5.