Pinto â€˜Gives Voice to the Apesâ€™ in Blockbuster Sci-Fi Film
Freida Pinto has never seen the 1968 original â€œPlanet of the Apes,â€ but that hasnâ€™t stopped her from leaving an indelible mark on the blockbuster movie franchise.
Twentieth Century Foxâ€™s â€œRise of the Planet of the Apes,â€ in which she costars with Oscar nominee James Franco, opened Aug. 5 and raked in a strong $54 million domestically as of Aug. 8.
The film has earned raves from audiences and critics alike, and an impressive Rotten Tomatoes rating of 81 percent; while Time magazine calls it â€œthe year’s finest action movie.â€
The 26-year-old Pinto plays Caroline Aranha, a San Francisco primatologist. She comes to the aid of Will Rodman (Franco), a genetic scientist who attempts to refine a drug called ALZ-112, an Alzheimerâ€™s cure, through a controversial chimpanzee drug trial.
When baby chimp Caesar is born in the lab to a drug-administered mother chimp, it soon becomes clear that ALZ-112â€™s side effects are alarming indeed: Caesar turns out to be a genius who later learns to lead an army of apes in a race to world