James Franco has a new agency home. The busy multihyphenate and Oscar-nominated actor has signed with UTA.His longtime rep Kami Putnam-Heist left CAA last month for a manager role at Anonymous Content, putting Franco into play. WME and UTA had been vying for his services, and the latter won out. He’ll be repped by a team of agents at UTA, while Putnam-Heist continues to manage him.
The prolific actor-director-writer-producer-author has worked on slew of projects in various capacities during the past decade. Since scoring a Best Actor Oscar nom for playing a trapped mountain climber in 2010’s 127 Hours, Franco has branched into filmmaking while continuing to rack up acting credits. His recent onscreen roles have ranged from Child of God, which he also wrote and directed, to In Dubious Battle, which he helmed. Along the way he also has starred in such pics as The Interview, This Is the End and Oz the Great and Powerful. Among his many acting projects in the pipeline are Why Him?, which opens next month, and Kin, also starring Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid, which Lionsgate pre-bought ahead of Toronto.
On the TV side, Franco appeared in Hulu’s 11.22.63, recurred on TBS’ Angie Tribeca and stars in HBO’s upcoming NYC-set period drama The Deuce.
Deadline reported exclusively in September that Franco is teaming with Damian Gregory to produce a quartet of features in the $15 million-$20 million budget range, starting with The Game, an adaptation of the nonfiction book about how to become a successful pick-up artist.
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James Franco famously played a Riff Raff-inspired character in the 2012 film Spring Breakers. Now, he is playing the genuine article. Franco takes on the role of Riff Raff for the Houston rapper’s “Only In America” music video.
The visual is just as wacky as the Peach Panther record, including one scene where Franco is dry humping a woman on the beach. The video also splices in some Snapchat-style footage, complete with the captions.
Riff Raff has been turning lots of heads of late, most notably with his declartion that he would perform at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. The Houston rapper said he would do it for $50,000.
“Well, I love money. And I’m in America. And I was born in America. And I love money. So why wouldn’t I?” he said. “I’ve had enough money taken away from me by the Government, why shouldn’t I perform?”
The eccentric artist was also optimistic about Trump’s presidency. Riff Raff liked the idea of having lower taxes.
“Somebody told me Donald Trump is going to lower the taxes from 40 percent to 15 percent,” he said. “That’s 300,000 to 400,000 in my bank account personally. That’s a Lambo a year…money that I’ve been giving away to whoever it is. I don’t care if it’s pack of Starbursts that’s running for President.”
Riff Raff performing at a presidential inauguration sounds crazy, but the 2016 election showed that anything is possible. What used to be ridiculous is not shocking anymore.
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Jack Kilmer, Shameik Moore and Jane Levy will star in the project with a script by Josh Boone.
James Franco will direct The Pretenders and has cast a trio of of rising stars — Jack Kilmer, Shameik Moore and Jane Levy — as the leads. Brian Cox and Juno Temple also will star.
The Fault in Our Stars helmer Josh Boone wrote the script for the film, which is set in New York City in the 1980s and follows two college friends who fall in love with the same girl, creating a decade-spanning, very unique love story between the threesome.
The script has been circulating since 2013, with various loose actor attachments throughout the years.
The film is being produced as a co-production between Rabbit Bandini Productions, SSS Entertainment and Yale Productions. Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis at Rabbit Bandini, Shaun Sanghani at SSS, Jordan Yale Levine from Yale and Scott Levenson are producing along with Katy Leary.
The prolific actor-director-producer Franco most recently helmed In Dubious Battle, based on the John Steinbeck book, and The Masterpiece, a film about the making-of the infamous “worst film ever” The Room. He’ll soon be seen as an actor in the comedy Why Him? with Bryan Cranston. Franco is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer.
Kilmer previously worked with Franco on Palo Alto, which was directed by Gia Coppola and based on a story by Franco. The actor’s other credits include The Stanford Prison Experiment, The Nice Guys and the upcoming film Huntsville. He is repped by CAA, Principato-Young and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Moore was the breakout star of Rick Famuyiwa’s film Dope, and then landed Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix musical series The Get Down. He is repped by ICM Partners, Artistic Endeavors and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Levy starred in the horror film Don’t Breathe, and will soon be seen in Monster Trucks. She is repped by Gersh and Sloane, Offer.
Cox’s many acting credits include recent sci-fi film Morgan, along with Troy, The Bourne Supremacy and Braveheart. He is repped by Paradigm and Insight.
Temple starred in Maleficent, Black Mass with Johnny Depp and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Her upcoming films include Woody Allen’s next project and Netflix’s The Most Hated Woman in America. She is repped by UTA, Troika in the U.K. and Lichter, Grossman.
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Thinking about just how awkward this holiday season is going to be with your family this year can be a depressing and uncomfortable experience. Watching someone else suffer through a really awkward holiday season, though? That’s comedy gold. Or so the new comedy Why Him? would like to think.
Bryan Cranston plays the doting father of a bright young woman (Zoey Deutch) who’s excited to introduce her new boyfriend (James Franco) to her family. Problem is, he’s kind of the worst — an Silicon Valley “zillionaire” who has “literally no filter.” Making matters even more upsetting, he’s thinking about proposing. At first the boyfriend tries to ingratiate himself with the family, but when that plan fails an all-out war develops between the would-be in-laws.
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Francesca Eastwood, Scott Haze and Taryn Manning also star in the supernatural heist thriller.
James Franco has once again underlined his status as one of AFM’s golden boys, with his star turn in The Vault helping it attract a U.S. buyer.
FilmRise picked up North American rights to Redwire Pictures’ supernatural heist thriller, described as The Town meets The Sixth Sense, which is being sold worldwide by Content Media.
Also starring Francesca Eastwood, Scott Haze and Taryn Manning, the film sees two estranged sisters forced to come together to rob a bank in order to save their brother. Dan Bush directed the film from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Conal Byrne, with Redwire’s Luke Daniels and Content’s Tom Butterfield producing.
“We are thrilled to be releasing The Vault, a terrifying thriller that is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said Saturdat in a statement. “Performances across the board are exceptional, including James Franco and Taryn Manning.”
Content’s Jonathan Ford negotiated the deal with Fisher.
Franco also has his directorial efforts In Dubious Battle, based on the John Steinbeck novel, and post-apocalyptic actioner Future World selling at the ongoing AFM.