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It would make sense for James Franco’s character, Will, to return for the sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, if just in a cameo to tie the two films together. The character was an integral part of ape Caesar’s evolution in the first movie, and he did manage to survive the initial ape uprising.
With “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” now set for 2014 and “Cloverfield’s” Matt Reeves taking over the directorial reins from Rupert Wyatt, it’s anybody’s guess where the story will go. For his part, James Franco has no idea. About, well, much of anything in regards to the sequel, as it turns out.
He tells MTV while out promoting his latest musical ventures:
I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.
Interesting that no one’s bothered to keep Franco in the loop about the sequel. I guess it goes to show you just how much Fox thinks of his participation in the first one. Or maybe they just don’t know yet. Either/or.
Fox has “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” penciled in for a May 23, 2014 release date.