Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto has landed a role alongside James Franco in the upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Pinto will play a primatologist named Caroline in the 20th Century Fox film, while Franco will play a scientist. John Lithgow will play Franco's father.

The prequel is scheduled to hit theaters June 24, 2011.

Pinto is best known for her role as Latika in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

Lithgow, who earned Oscars for his roles in Terms of Endearment and The World According to Garp, most recently received a Golden Globe for his performance in Showtime's hit series Dexter.

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