'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer: James Franco Stars In Prequel (VIDEO)

As Charleston Heston hibernated, James Franco engineered the path to the end of the world.

Franco stars in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the big budget prequel to the 1968 classic, "Planet of the Apes." He plays Will Rodman, a scientist testing his new attempts at curing Alzheimers on captive ape subjects. Unfortunately, it turns out, one of the cures works all too well, and an ape named Caesar begins to mutate and evolve.

While Franco tries to protect him, all hell soon breaks loose. Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, wears the sensors for the motion captured ape (CGI effects produced by the "LOTR" and "Avatar" team), while Freida Pinto fights for survival alongside Franco. John Lithgow, Brian Cox and "Harry Potter" star Tom Felton also play prominent roles.

This will be Franco's first big franchise film since "Spiderman 3"; he's coming off a rough performance at the box office for his new comedy, "Your Highness." Pinto is currently starring in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-focused film, "Miral," directed by Julian Schnabel.

The film will be released on August 5th.