James Franco truly was a huge part of the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Since the film was such a huge critical and box office success, a sequel was all but guaranteed.
As can be seen in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, the film takes place a decade after the first one when the disease spawned at the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes has left only a handful of people alive.
We presumed since Franco is not in the sequel that his character was among those who perished. Well, according to the latest issue of EW, Franco actually is in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In fact, he has quite a cameo where he appears in a video that audiences will see as part of the latest Apes story that is in a sense a message from the grave.
That is news to Franco.
When reached for comment by the mag, he said, “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.”
We’re betting a studio as large and smart as 20th Century Fox would not simply use Franco’s image without his knowledge, well… legally. We’re guessing that the Franco cameo in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is simply recycled footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes or a scene that got cut from the original.
We’re intrigued by the idea of a video message from the past by the good doctor who first introduced us to the power of the apes. Judging by Franco’s response, he’s probably making a few phone calls right now.
Watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes online to see Franco “officially” in action and click through our slideshow below of some fantastic photos from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.