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'Rise of the Planet of the Apes': Meet the Cast

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes': Meet the Cast'Rise of the Planet of the Apes': Meet the Cast

Rupert Wyatt's reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes charges into theaters Friday. 

Here are the actors who brought the film's biggest characters to life. 

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James Franco: The actor plays genetic scientist Will Rodman in this remake of the original 1968 film starring Charlton Heston. Franco, who got his start on the short-lived television show Freaks and Geeks, also paints, writes, and holds degrees from UCLA, Columbia and is currently attending Yale as a PhD student. He has also been accepted into the University of Houston's doctoral program for the fall of 2012. 

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Freida Pinto: The L'Oreal spokesperson shot to stardom after her heartbreaking portrayal of star-crossed-lover Latika in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. In Rise, she'll play Caroline Aranha, Will's veterinarian girlfriend. Up next she'll play the goddess Phaedra opposite Henry Cavill in Immortals

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John Lithgow: Hollywood veteran, Lithgow plays Charles Rodman, Will's dementia-addled father. Lithgow, a theater, TV and film actor has played everything from an uptight Reverend in Footloose to an alien living on Earth in 3rd Rock from the Sun.  

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Tom Felton: As the head of a chimp detention facility, Felton plays Dodge Landon, one of the film's bad guys. But viewers will recognize him from his previous work as Draco Malfoy -- also one of the bad guys -- in all eight of the Harry Potter films.