While Andy Serkis will be front and centre once more in
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
, it had been assumed that James Franco had been written out of the sequel, set some 22 years after the events of the first film.
However, according to director Matt Reeves, we might just get a second glimpse of Franco's character, if only in a cameo capacity…
"There is an appearance that he makes," teases Reeves, before clarifying, "there’s no reprise of the footage that they shot of his death or anything like that."
"Essentially the idea is that Caesar has ties to both communities, to the humans because he has a human father in Will, who died in the viral apocalypse, and then he has the apes who are his family now, so of course he has ties to both."
"So, in a way that I won’t totally give away, we essentially have a moment where you have Caesar sort of reminiscing or connecting to who Will was and what he meant to him."
The relationship between Will and Caesar was one of the sweeter elements of the first film, so it's nice to hear that there is a nod to it in the sequel, along with all the apes-with-shotguns excitement.
Directed by Reeves and co-starring Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will open in the UK on 17 July 2014.