The Great and Powerful James Franco
Written by Amanda Baltazar
There is a lot of anticipation for James Franco and the release of his new film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, which takes a new twist on the classic Wizard of Oz tale. Franco headlines the movie along with an equally talented supporting cast including Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz, to name a few. Oz: The Great and Powerful is set to release in theaters on March 8, but that’s not the only place you can catch the talents of the sexy, multi-faceted Franco this year.
The actor appears in the movie Lovelace, with the beautiful Amanda Seyfried, which premiered at Sundance this week. Franco plays the infamous Hugh Hefner in the film.
Franco has an array of other projects coming out soon, including Spring Breakers with Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Vanessa Hudgens on March 22, but one in particular that I cannot wait for is This is the End, coming out this summer. The movie features Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all playing (get this) THEMSELVES trying to survive the Apocalypse. Check out the red band trailer below! (BE WARNED that this trailer is rated R because of explicit language and adult content!)
Franco is currently in production on two additional movies (seriously, does the man ever sleep?), has some other projects in pre-production and post-production, one of which is a film that he directed, entitled Child of God, based on the dark Cormac McCarthy novel about a young man's transformation into a serial killer. Franco also recently revealed that he will be taking on American Tabloid, a novel by James Ellroy, which centers around the assassination of JFK.
Aside from his work in film as an actor, director, writer, and producer, he also paints and writes poetry and novels, attended UCLA for his undergraduate education, as well as Columbia University School of the Arts where he received MFA. And if that isn’t impressive enough, he attended Yale University where he attempted to get a PhD in English. I think I can speak for all the ladies out there when I say that this is too much, James Franco! Stop being so perfect!
But just in case you're still not impressed, Franco is supposed to be teaching a class this spring at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Sign me up for that class!
Brains, beauty. and talent... is there anything you can’t do, Mr. Franco?
- Amanda Baltazar, YH Staff