Just yesterday we heard that James Franco had landed the lead role in Rise of the Apes as a scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes. Well today HitFix got some interesting news regarding another actor who was also up for the role and a possible reason why he didn’t get the part.
Apparently Tobey Maguire, who starred alongside Franco in the Spider-Man trilogy, was in talks with 20th Century Fox for the lead part however his creative input may have caused them to back off and go with Franco instead.
According to HitFix sources, when Maguire came back to the table with script notes for the studio, the conversations abruptly stopped, and Fox moved quickly to close a deal with Franco, another of the final contenders for the lead role.
Rise of the Apes will be released in just over a year’s time on June 24th, so Fox don’t really have time to be making changes to the script as they are already on a tight schedule as it is. Even more so because they are using Peter Jackson’s visual effects company WETA Digital to render photo-realistic apes rather than have actors in costume, so the sooner they start that process the better.
Maguire would have probably been at the end of filming Spider-Man 4 now if Sony didn’t decide to go ahead with the reboot. If IMDB is anything to go by it seem Maguire’s next film isn’t set yet, so it’ll be interesting to see what path his career will go post-Spidey.