07/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

James Franco To Star In 'Planet Of The Apes' Prequel

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement that James Franco will return to "General Hospital" for another run, Variety reports that the "Pineapple Express" and "Spider-Man" alum has signed on to star in the "Planet of the Apes" prequel, "Rise of the Apes."

Franco reportedly beat out a "number of Hollywood's young elite actors for the coveted role" in the prequel, which is said to be an origin story set in present-day San Francisco.

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