James Franco Cast in Danny Boyle's Newest Film '127 Hours'

January 6, 2010
Source: Production Weekly

James Franco

Could this be what that "General Hospital" appearance was all about? Just kidding. Production Weekly is reporting on Twitter that James Franco has been cast in Danny Boyle's new film titled 127 Hours, which tells the story of a mountain climber in Utah who had to amputate his own arm when it got pinned beneath a boulder. We've heard plenty of early details about 127 Hours recently, primarily because it's Boyle's highly anticipated follow-up to the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire. Originally it was Ryan Gosling who was rumored for the role, but it looks like Franco landed it in the end. Shooting will start in early March in Utah.

Similar to the one-man stuck-in-a-coffin film Buried with Ryan Reynolds, 127 Hours is supposed be another one-man-show about mountaineer Aron Ralston. The title refers to the number of hours that Ralston was pinned (it calculates out to about 5 days) before he decided to cut off his own arm and escape before he died at that spot in the mountains. This will be a challenge for Franco to pull off, but with the exuberant Danny Boyle behind the lens giving him direction, I've got a feeling we have a true awards contender in the works. Franco has the acting chops to pull it off, it's just a matter of making it happen. Can Franco pull it off?

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


one word: YES!

Tim on Jan 6, 2010


SO EXCITING! James Franco will be amazing in this role, he always gives the performance his all. It will be a very interesting film!

Tim on Jan 6, 2010


I love Danny Boyle but come on Franco is terrible

bubba b on Jan 6, 2010


Franco and Boyle = WIN bubba b, have you seen Milk or Pinapple Express? Franco has moved up in the acting game.

Xerxex on Jan 6, 2010


has anyone out there read the script for this yet? if it's online, please post where it can be found. I read the script for "Buried" and thought it was amazing.

Jonah on Jan 6, 2010


franco is not a good actor and gosling would have been the better choice. danny boyle is a great director but even he cant work with franco to make it believable

Ted on Jan 6, 2010


And I was SO looking forward to seeing Gosling in this. Unsure about Franco, decent actor but he just bugs me.

Traveler on Jan 6, 2010


Boyle should go back to using Ewan McGregor. Most of his early films used him and they are an amazing team.

WB on Jan 7, 2010


I remember when that was in this the news this will be interesting.

Cody on Jan 7, 2010


James Franco was awesome in Pineapple Express and Milk.

Duude on Jan 7, 2010



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