James Franco Enlists Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, and More for Poetry Adaptations

     May 15, 2012


By now, we’re all aware that James Franco is a fairly multifaceted fella.  He dips his toe in comedy, drama, short films, experimental films, and higher education.  For his latest project, he’s assembled an impressive cast for two feature films based on a couple of books of poems.  Variety reports that Franco stars alongside Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain in an adaptation of the 1983 book of poems Tar by C.K Williams, and he also enlisted Olivia Wilde, Chloe Sevigny and Whoopi Goldberg for an adaptation of Black Dog, Red Dog by Stephen Dobyns.

For Tar, Franco and executive producer Victorino Noval selected 10 directors via a competition at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to helm segments of the film.  He also used a similar formula for Black Dog, Red Dog. Tar is completed and could premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, while Black Dog is still in the editing phase.  They’re both interesting projects, and it’s nice of Franco to give NYU students a shot and something as high profile as this.  The actor recently wrapped Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful and will next star in Seth Rogen’s directorial debut The End of the World.  He can also be seen playing a cornrowed drug dealer in Spring Breakers. No word on where Franco obtained the cloning technology necessary to do all the things he’s done in the past five years.

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