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Don't get too excited, kids. James Franco does indeed appear in the upcoming sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, entitled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but the part is so minor Franco claims he didn't know!
As reported by The Wrap... “Wait, I have a cameo?” Franco is quoted as saying in Entertainment Weekly‘s summer movie preview issue. “I didn't know that. You know, I don't even think they asked my permission for that.”
In the original Franco played a scientist named Will Rodman, who not only created the super monkey serum that allowed Caesar (Andy Serkis) to become smart enough to lead an army of apes but inadvertently unleashed a virus that wiped out most of humanity, himself included. He'll apparently be appearing via video, maybe apologizing to human survivors — including Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke — for ruining their lives.
- Steve Barton
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Franco played human protagonist Will Rodman in 2011's franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. With the sequel set 10 years on from the events of the first film, which *spoiler alert* saw the majority of the human race catch a bad case of the simian flu, the likely assumption was that Franco's character would have quickly perished.
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- Ben Travis
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" takes place ten years after "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and doesn't bring back any of the original actors, except for Andy Serkis as Caesar. There is, however, a quick cameo by James Franco. But as the actor just revealed, he had no idea that he was in the movie. "I have a cameo? I didn't know that," he said. "I don't even think they asked my permission for that." According to SlashFilm, the script for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" has Franco's character die from the virus. Director Rupert Wyatt even shot the sequel, but never used it in the movie. Since the sequel will try to bridge the gap between the two movies by showing news footage and bringing Caesar back to his old house, it's likely that Franco's old scenes will be used in these places. »
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The actor's character from Rise of the Planet of the Apes will apparently make a posthumous appearance on video in the upcoming sequel.
"Wait, I have a cameo? I didn't know that," he told EW (via The Wrap).
"You know, I don't even think they asked my permission for that."
The footage of Franco is believed to have been filmed during the making of the previous movie, but believed lost with the departure of director Rupert Sanders from the follow-up.
It shows him as scientist Will Rodman, who created the first of the genius apes, as well as accidentally unleashing a virus that kills the majority of humanity, including himself.
While I love getting to talk to the actors and director on a film set, one of the people I always want to talk to, and rarely get the chance to do so, is the cinematographer. The reason interviews with cinematographer is so rare is time. While actors take a break in between shot set ups, the director of photography is constantly working. The second the director gets the shot, the Dp is moving his team to the next location, trying to figure out how to make it perfect. Because of time constraints, I've rarely talked to a Dp on a movie set. But on the New Orleans set of Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last summer, I was able to participate in a group interview with cinematographer Michael Seresin. During the interview Seresin talked about why they used the Alexa camera over the Sony F65 and the Red Epic, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes which suggests the former’s stars won’t appear in the sequel. However, when Peter visited the set of the film, filmmakers said there would be some closure for characters played by James Franco and Freida Pinto. It […]
- Germain Lussier
Not many people know that James Franco has a cameo appearance in director Matt Reeves’ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. James Franco was one of the people who were unaware of this fact. Franco was surprised by the news that his character from the first film, Will Rodman, has a “posthumous cameo via video".
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the interviewer revealed some inside knowledge about the video cameo by the deceased Dr. Will Rodman. Franco was taken aback because he had no idea.
He responded, "Wait, I have a cameo? I didn’t even know that. You know, I don’t even think they asked my permission to do that."
It’s not clear whether the cameo will be done by using footage taken from the first film, or some unused scenes that were left on the cutting room floor in the post-production stage of »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
James Franco's “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” character will make a posthumous cameo in director Matt Reeves’ sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” even if Franco didn't know it. “Wait, I have a cameo?” Franco is quoted as saying in Entertainment Weekly‘s summer movie preview issue. “I didn't know that. You know, I don't even think they asked my permission for that.” See video: #Icymi in Pop Culture: Justin Bieber Gets Booed, Jon Hamm Gets Dissed and James Franco Gets Awkward Franco played a scientist named Will Rodman who not only created the super monkey serum that allowed Caesar. »
- Greg Gilman
[Spoiler alert, if you didn't see Rise of the Planet of the Apes] Rise of the Planet of the Apes ends with a human-killing virus shown to spread across the globe and kill a lot of humans. As has been confirmed, James Franco's character was one of the many dead persons. So, we assumed he wasn't going to return for the film's sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this summer. However, Entertainment Weekly's summer preview issue reveals that he will make a posthumous cameo via a left-behind video. But no one told Franco — maybe. “Wait, I have a cameo? I didn’t know that,” he told EW. “You know, I don’t even think they asked my permission to do that.” Do you believe him? This scene sounds exactly like one he described to MTV back in 2012, when he was uncertain if he was going to actually film »
- Jesse David Fox
When Rise of the Planet of the Apes turned out to be not only a good movie, but a great one, a sequel was pretty much guaranteed - especially since this was 20th Century Fox.s second bite at refreshing the Ape apple following the "let.s not even talk about it" effort from Tim Burton in 2001. Among those who benefited from the success of the film was its star, James Franco, who almost looked like he was going to torpedo his promising career with the stoner fantasy flop Your Highness in the same year. A lot of his credibility was restored with his portrayal of Dr. Will Rodman, the genius who accidentally brought upon the downfall of mankind. Much like how his character didn.t mean to be the bearer of the apocalypse, Mr. Franco also apparently didn.t mean to play a cameo role in upcoming sequel, Dawn »
2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ended with Caesar (Andy Serkis) leading his fellow simians against their human oppressors. Now, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" finds Caesar engaged in all-out war against humans like Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell (but no James Franco). A handful of new photos from the prequel-sequel will give fans an idea of what to expect this time around. Check them out here: »
- Dave Lewis
With the amount of projects that James Franco is involved in, I guess you can’t blame him for not even realizing that he has a cameo in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Yes, he was the star of the film’s predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but he was never expected to show up in the highly-anticipated sequel. Especially since his character, Will Rodman, was wiped out by a “virulent plague.” Despite this, Rodman will still have a posthumous cameo, which Franco apparently doesn’t even know about.
“Wait, I have a cameo? I didn’t know that,” said Franco to EW. “You know, I don’t even think they asked my permission to do that.”
There’s no word yet on how Rodman will factor into the story or how big his role will be, but seeing as Franco didn’t even know about it, »
- Matt Joseph
There was a time when it was hard to imagine being excited for a “Planet of the Apes” movie. When “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” came out three years ago to rave reviews and became a box office success, surely nobody could have seen it coming. Now, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is just a few months away, and it’s pretty safe to say that it’s the most anticipated film in the franchise. Still, while buzz surrounding the film is definitely strong, not everyone is particularly thrilled about what will appear on screen. James Franco may be involved in a plethora of projects on a yearly basis, almost annoyingly so, but if you happen to see him appear in the upcoming 'Apes' film, you will be just as surprised as he is. Franco, of course, was the star of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes, »
- Ken Guidry
We've got 15 new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes toy images to share with you today. These articulated Neca Series 1 action figures show off great looks at Caesar, Maurice, and Koba in action. Fans of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie should recognize those monkey monikers, since the characters played pivotal roles in defeating the initial human force. Now it appears as if they're once again ready for battle in the Matt Reeves sequel, due out July 11th. Andy Serkis, Karin Konoval, and Toby Kebbell play Caesar, Maurice, and Koba respectively, with Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, and Enrique Murciano also starring. Be sure to check out Steve's set visit report and interviews with Serkis, and Clarke. Then, hit the jump to check out the new toy images. The new toy images come courtesy of Neca: These detailed action figures come »
- Dave Trumbore
On June 3rd 2013, I flew to New Orleans, La to visit the set of Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. There, I learned a great deal about the Matt Reeves-directed sequel. After the jump, read about my Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit and […]
The post 50 Things I Learned on the Set of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
I was fortunate enough to be on the set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes back when it was called Caesar and everyone seemed a little nervous to be following up the disastrous Tim Burton remake. Up until the lights went down at the screening of Rise, I thought it was going to be a slow-burn movie about James Franco’s character dealing with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease through a sci-fi conceit about a drug that made a baby monkey smarter. The only reason I thought that was the thrust of the movie for so long was because we were living in a pre-Caesar performance capture world. There was something about seeing Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar come entirely from Andy Serkis that I challenge anyone to claim they expected. Gollum is a fantastic technical achievement, yes, but up until his appearance in The Hobbit, after »
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a great movie. In a summer filled with explosions and spectacle, Apes used motion capture and other modern technology to help tell its story and audiences embraced the film. By the time the movie finished it's theatrical run, it had made close to $500 million worldwide. Based on the box office and reviews, it was no surprise when Fox moved forward with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The 2011 film set up a world and story that people wanted to see more of, so this felt like a sequel that was being made for the right reasons. Last summer, when director Matt Reeves was filming in New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters. While on set I watched some filming, participated in group interviews with some of the cast and filmmakers, and learned »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Quite possibly the best (and definitely the most surprising) popcorn movie of the summer of 2011 was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Most audiences were expecting a generic retread of well-worn material, but director Rupert Wyatt gave us a smart, thoughtful and fairly tragic sci-fi adventure. Andy Serkis stole the show as the motion-captured ape Caesar, and his amazing performance led many to say he should be nominated for an Oscar. Following the success of the film around the world, it was no surprise Fox moved forward with a sequel, and last summer when the production was shooting in New Orleans, I got to participate in a group interview with Serkis during a break in filming. During the interview, Serkis talked about where the film picks up, Caesar's relationship with his tribe and the human survivors, Caesar's family life, advances in motion-capture technology, the apes language, working with Matt Reeve's, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana seems like a perfect place to shoot a film in which the human population has been largely irradicated. There are pockets in and around that city where entire towns have become completely vacant. Nature has taken back control of areas that once hummed with life. It would seem to be the most obvious setting for the sequel to ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. However, we aren’t in one of those desolate places – we are in the heart of the the iconic French Quarter. A few blocks from the world famous Cafe du Monde is the set of Matt Reeves ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’
The Nola financial district is subbing in for the San Francisco Waterfront, some 2,000 miles away. If it weren’t for the camera cranes and a large blue screen above the skyline you wouldn’t have a clue when or where you were. »
- Ezequiel Gutierrez
Andy Serkis reprises his role as primate revolutionary Caesar in this summer's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which moves on the story started in its 2011 predecessor. This time around there's no James Franco or Freida Pinto, but master of performance capture Serkis is back (with Jason Clarke and Keri Russell on human co-star duties) to drive the hotly-anticipated sequel.
Digital Spy spent some time with Serkis on the New Orleans set of Dawn to discuss the Matt Reeves-directed blockbuster.
Where does this film pick up from its predecessor?
At the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we were left in a situation where the virus had taken hold. We got the impression that humanity was under a great deal of threat - which is what happens. The virus spreads and we're imagining that about 90% of the world's population is decimated. There are surviving pockets of humans. »
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