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

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The Sci-Fi drama starring James Franco opens Friday.

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.