I knew it; 3rd Rock From The Sun's lead alien may have looked like a bumbling, harmless fool but it turns out he'll be behind the eventual Ape uprising in the upcoming prequel to Planet of The Apes, as actor John Lithgow joins the cast.
Lithgow will play the father to James Franco's character, a scientist who accidentally causes the genetic leap forward in ape Caesar while looking for a cure for his father's Alzheimer's disease. Yes, this means that the movie is dumping the time-travel aspect of Conquest of the Planet of The Apes, and instead becoming a cautionary tale of scientific abuse. I can't tell if that's a good thing or not.
Rise of The Apes shoots later this year, for a 2011 release.