Why James Franco Had To Cameo And 4 More Tidbits We Learned About Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes At WonderCon

By Eric Eisenberg 2014-04-20 21:25:54discussion comments
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Why James Franco Had To Be In The Movie
Andy Serkis’ Caesar was certainly the main character in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but one can’t discount the importance of James Franco’s Will Rodman. Not only was he the scientist working on the experiments that would eventually give apes intelligence, he played a key role in Caesar’s development. He was such an important character, in fact, that even though Will died at some point in the timeline between Rise and Dawn he still needed to be included in the upcoming sequel.

While he wouldn’t explicitly say how Will would be showing up in the movie, Reeves did confirm that the scientist makes an appearance that is very important for Caesar’s character. The director explained that Caesar is very much on both sides of the central conflict in the sequel, being an ape who was raised by humans, and Franco’s cameo serves to reconnect the protagonist with that side of himself and what he’s lost. Hopefully the details of the role will be kept a secret until the movie actually arrives in theaters.
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