Foolish humans. Or should we say, foolish James Franco. Turns out the recent Yale grad is the reason those lovable apes got together and overran our planet, at least according to the latest trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Franco plays a scientist whose intentions are pure enough—he's created a drug that allows the brain to repair itself. He even came up with a catchy, original name for it: the cure. Problem is "the cure" turns its original test subject, a chimp named Caesar (brought to life by Andy Serkis) hyperintelligent. So intelligent he realizes there are better things out there than just being a lab rat for ambitious humans.

The chimps look frighteningly real; we dare you not to get a little freaked out by Caesar's extremely human facial expressions. And while we don't get a lot of screen time with Franco, he's surprisingly believable as a young scientist out for glory.

Ready for your world to be taken over by primates? Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters Aug. 5

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