Franco to Play

Star adds yet another project to his ever busy slate..

Multitasking James Franco, who is currently performing alongside our own Chris O’Dowd in a Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men,’ is set to star in an indie biopic based on the life of gay activist turned religious devotee, Michael Glatze.

Based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis’s 2011 New York Times article “My Ex-Gay Friend,’ the film will highlight Glatze’s life, from co-founding “Young Gay America” to famously renouncing his homosexuality and committing to Christianity after a health scare due to heart palpitations.

Production on the $3.5 million as-yet-untitled film is scheduled for July in New York City with Gus Van Sant producing.

Franco previously collaborated with Van Sant on 2008s ‘Milk,’ in which he portrayed gay rights activist, Scott Smith, the love interest to Sean Penn’s Harvey Milk. He also played gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman-directed ‘Howl.’