Role Call: Freida Pinto in 'Planet of the Apes' Prequel

"Slumdog Millionaire" starlet Freida Pinto is set to appear with "Howl" star James Franco in 20th Century Fox's "Rise of the Apes," reports Entertainment Weekly.

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In the prequel, she'll play a primatologist opposite Franco's scientist -- who will reportedly morph into an ape while researching Alzheimer's disease.

Pinto recently called it quits with her former publicist/boyfriend of five years, Rohan Antao, and is rumored to be dating "Slumdog" co-star Dev Patel.

In other movie news, Judd Apatow will produce what's being called a "female version" of the Warner Bros. hit movie, "The Hangover," with a slightly skewed title: "Business Trip."

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The comedy by Stacey Harman centers on "a group of women who go on a corporate trip but wind up doing anything but business while on company time," reports Variety.