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James Franco Revives Another 'Rebel Without a Cause' Actor in 'Sal'

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September 30, 2013
Source: Tribeca Film

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After taking a film to Sundance, and more recently premiering Palo Alto at Telluride and Child of God at Venice, the ever-busy James Franco shows no signs of slowing down. Later this year, he'll be seen facing off against Jason Statham in the thriller Homefront, and now audiences will see another dramatic turn by the actor this fall. However, in this case, the film Sal was completed and premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in 2011, and Tribeca Film is bringing it to VOD and limited theaters. Franco directs the film following Sal Mineo, supporting star of Rebel Without a Cause, on the last day of his life, 20 years after his stardom. It's fitting that Franco made this film after playing James Dean in a TV movie years ago. Watch!

Here's the first trailer for James Franco's Sal from Tribeca Film, via Vulture:

James Franco directs Sal, written by Stacey Miller and based on the biography by Michael Gregg Michaud. The film follows 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 a marquee sensation — but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he always wanted to be. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in 2011 and hits VOD outlets on October 22nd and limited theaters on November 1st. Interested?

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