James Franco has turned into a prolific director, with 14 credits since 2010. However, he saves his mainstream efforts for Actor James. Director James is more interested in the arthouse, and none of his works so far have seen a wide release. Sal should have some broad appeal as a biopic of notable star Sal Mineo, yet two years have passed since Sal premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
Tribeca Films is nearly ready to release it to the world on VOD October 22, followed by a limited theatrical release November 1. Val Lauren stars in the title role. Franco, James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Jim Patrick, Trevor Neuhoff, Stacey Miller, Raymond T. Williams co-star. Watch the trailer after the break.
James Franco’s Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award® nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been — but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco’s intimate portrait finds the human details in a larger-than-life Hollywood story.