James Franco and Winona Ryder will star in Jay Anania’s The Stare, the first feature funded by Waterstone Entertainment, a new producing/financing company. Deadline reports that the Ryder would play a playwright who “finds her mind beginning to warp as she struggles to launch her next production. She’s plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but can’t decide if she’s at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.” So it sounds like Black Swan but this time it’s a writer who’s going mad and Ryder gets to be the star. As for Franco, he’ll play an actor who’s in the playwright’s production. Filming is set to begin on May 6th in New York.
Franco, who is one of Anania’s students at NYU where he heads the graduate directing program, previously starred in Anania’s Shadows & Lies and will serve as one of the producers on The Stare. Presumably, Franco will be able to get in this film before moving on to star in Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful As for Ryder, she’ll be one of the voices in Tim Burton’s 3D stop-motion remake of Frankenweenie.