James Franco Probably Won’t Return to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel
Many have speculated that James Franco would return to the role of Will in the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, when Rise director Rupert Wyatt left the project and was replaced with Let Me In director, Matt Reeves, Franco’s involvement seems to be in question.
Speaking to MTV, Franco explained his likely absence 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.
Dawn of the Planet if the Apes is set for release May 23, 2014