Tom Felton begins shooting 'Rise of the Apes', stars in Ashley Greene film
Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, says he has begun filming Rise of the Apes, a prequel to the popular Planet of the Apes sci-fi movies, and also finished shooting a movie with Twilight's Ashley Greene.
"I've just started shooting Caesar, Rise of the Apes, which is the Planet of the Apes prequel, which I'm mega, mega excited about," Felton said. "It's a project that I've been really passionate about for a long time."
Rise of the Apes stars Freida Pinto, James Franco and John Lithgow and is scheduled for release on June 24, 2011. The film is set in modern times in San Francisco and shows the consequences of human experimentation with genetic engineering - increased intelligence in apes, which brings forth the threat of a power struggle.
Pinto, a 25-year-old Indian actress best known for her role in the 2008 Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, will play a primatologist and Franco a scientist, while Lithgow, of the sci-fi series Third Rock from the Sun and recently, Dexter, will reportedly play his father.
The original 1968 Planet of the Apes film starred the late Charlton Heston and quickly became a cult classic and spurred several sequels. A remake featuring Mark Wahlberg was released in 2001 but receive mixed reviews.
Felton, 22, also recently filmed a movie called The Apparition with Ashley Greene, who portrayed the vampire Alice Cullen in the Twilight films. Felton said the project was "a kind of science thriller with an ounce of horror." The Apparition is set for release on September 9.
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter himself, has also been busy with other projects and is set to star in the film The Woman in Black, based on the book by Susan Hill, his spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Radcliffe, who famously stripped down to star in the play Equus in London and Broadway in the past few years, will also make his return to the stage next year and star as J. Pierrepont Finch in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a musical based on a satirical self-help book. Previews begin on February 26.
Felton said the two-part film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment in the hit series, is edgier, grittier and may be seen as more shocking than the previous few films. It is set for release on November 19 and sees Harry Potter facing off in a final battle against his nemesis, the evil wizard Voldemort.
Check out the interview with Tom Felton, in which he talks about his upcoming movie projects at the recent Comic-Con 2010 event in San Diego, California. He made his comments to George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company: