James Franco landed a starring role in director Bille August’s post-WWII coming-of-age drama “Me, You.”
Based on the novel ‘Tu, Mia’ by Erri De Luca, the 1950s film follows 16-year-old Marco who spends his days “sailing the tranquil waters of the Bay of Naples with hardened fisherman Nicola, who seduces Marco with his wounded stories of the sea and the war after his military service as an American GI”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Franco will play Nicola in the upcoming drama, alongside “The Night Manager” actor Tom Hollander, 54, as Marco’s father, Edward, and the ” Everything I Know About Love,” Daisy Jacob as Marco’s love interest Caia.
The 44-year-old actor said: “I’m thrilled to come on board this phenomenal project and work with the legendary Bille August. I’m a huge fan of his work and ‘Me, You’ is a truly brilliant script.
A synopsis of the film teases, “Deeply tender and bittersweet, ‘Me, You’ explores the raw beauty and tragedy of love, the age of innocence and the bitter realities of war.”
Franco quit acting following a series of sexual misconduct allegations made by several women in 2018.
In 2019, students at Franco’s now-closed Studio 4 theater school sued the actor and his partners, accusing them of pushing theater students to perform explicit scenes on camera.
The actor and his partners agreed to pay $2.2m (£1.7m) last year to settle the lawsuit.
James admitted during an interview on SiriusXM’s ‘The Jess Cagle Podcast’ last year that he had slept with students while teaching at the school, saying: ‘During my teaching, I slept with students, and it was wrong.
“But like I said, that’s not why I started the school and it wasn’t me who selected the people to be in the class.
“So it wasn’t a ‘master plan’ on my part. But yeah, there were some instances where, you know what, I was in a consensual relationship with a student and I shouldn’t have been.