First Look: James Franco Goes Christian in Gus Van Sant's 'Michael'
Following a first look at James Franco's forthcoming film The Sound and the Fury, a period drama that also stars Seth Rogen and Danny McBride and is premiering at the Venice Film Festival, we have a look at one of the actor's forthcoming starring roles currently in production. After going gay with a pivotal role in Milk previously, this time director Gus Van Sant is producing Michael, a drama which will see Franco playing Michael Glatze, a San Francisco gay activist who somehow evolved himself into an ex-gay Christian fundamentalist, as chronicled in the New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis back in 2011. Now we have a first look photo from the set showing Franco at work, filming a scene. Look!
Here's James Franco in Justin Kelly's Michael from the actor's Instagram page:
Michael is directed by freshman filmmaker Justin Kelly who co-wrote the script with Stacey Miller (Sal). The film tells the true story of Michael Glatze (James Franco of Milk, Spider-Man and Pineapple Express), a San Francisco gay activist who founded Young Gay America (YGA) magazine and toured the country with a documentary about gay teens before he had a sudden, controversial change of heart, renounced his homosexuality and became a fundamentalist Christian. Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto also star in the film which is currently in production and doesn't yet haven an official release date. Stay tuned for more.