James Franco Will Not Return in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

The actor reveals he was initially set for a cameo in this sequel before director Rupert Wyatt departed the project.

James Franco will not star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
James Franco will not star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of last year's biggest hits at the box office, taking in over $480 million worldwide. The upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will not feature one of the original stars, James Franco. Here's what the actor had to say, revealing he planned on stepping in for a cameo appearance before director Rupert Wyatt left the project, and was replaced by Matt Reeves.

"I was going to have a small part in 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."

We reported in October that Mark Bomback (Jack the Giant Slayer) is rewriting the screenplay, which was previously worked on by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Scott Z. Burns. Fox has set a May 23, 2014 release date for the sequel, although it isn't known when production may begin.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released July 11th, 2014 and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston. The film is directed by Matt Reeves.

Sources: MTV

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  1. Fry_3000

    @shuabert I like the way you put that through, and I agree with you. If they do it your way, could be a great flick :)

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  2. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Damn, I still need to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  3. Josh

    I think this is good. Focus on the apes, not the humans. The character was suited for the first movie because it explored the way Caesar interacted with different humans, but the next movie should go in a different direction and explore the evolution of the higher ape species. Presumably Franco's character would be dead anyway, as the ending of the first film pretty much suggested almost total human extinction

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. Fry_3000

    Would be nice if they have at least at the first part of film, just to tie it in with the first. Not happy bout this, but things might change

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  5. A7sus4


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  6. MovieManiac

    That sucks. I would love to see the character relationship between him and Caesar grow throughout a trilogy. It could add a stronger emotional level to the story.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  7. ROFLitschristian

    I'm opposed to this. I thought he did great in the first one. His character isn't 100% necessary but no return at all? Kind of bums me out.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  8. JMP

    What a Shame

    2 years agoby @jmpFlag

  9. zeus

    Yep, its all about the apes, so lets move on!

    2 years agoby @zeusFlag

  10. Rudy

    Kinda weird to not see him in the next film seeing how he had a major role in the previous film. Maybe after Dawn, they'll fast forward a couple hundred years to the astronauts crash landing on earth.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  11. phatalphd

    Kinda wanted to see him, but in the end it's all about the Apes. And the only one I really want to see if Ceasar.

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  12. The Real Goku

    @bawnian-dexeus I expect the same. But his character was different. Should he just be assume to be killed before the sequel? I think he should have a part in it

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  13. Dan

    Eh. I thought Franco's part was over, anyways.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. ChiRep_1

    Technically it's a matter of not being approached for the cameo yet but yeah, I doubt he's coming back.

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I expect half the world to be dead at this point so, yeah

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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