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It's an ape planet, we're just living on it. Well, after the dramatic climax of Rupert Wyatt's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' there may not be too many of us living on the planet by the time the sequel rolls around. One human whose likelihood of making it to the next movie is dwindling fast is James Franco. Franco played Caesar's benevolent caretaker in 'Rise,' but in a recent interview, he revealed that we shouldn't hold our breath for his reprising the role in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'...
"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."
This can often happen when the leadership on a film changes, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. Regardless of your personal feelings toward Franco's catalog, the fact is that he provided a empathetic emotional anchor for Caesar and was so important in the ape leader's story arc. I happen to think he did a fantastic job in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' and was looking forward to his return. Sure, there is something to be said for progressing the story far enough that humanity's numbers have been greatly reduced, but that doesn't necessarily preclude Franco's character from reappearing. I am quite intrigued by the idea of his turning up on a video as Caesar continued his conquest of the Earth. It would've added an affective complication to his power struggle. My hope is that Matt Reeves will end up liking this idea as well. I trust Reeves to do what's best for the movie, and therefore maybe, doubtful as it may seem, we haven't seen the last of Franco in this franchise.
What do you guys think? Would it disappoint you if James Franco is not in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' in any way? At the beginning of the sequel, how far into Caesar's conquest of the planet do you think we'll be?