James Franco Cast in Sympathy for Delicious

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In spite of recently announcing he was going back to school, James Franco has joined the cast of Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious.

Franco, who will appear in the latest Judd Apatow flick, Pineapple Express, in theaters next week, told MTV News that “Mark Ruffalo is gonna direct his first movie and he wants me to play a singer in a rock band."

According to James, Delicious is a DJ and "This DJ character was written for [Mark's] friend who’s actually paraplegic in real life, Chris Thornton, and he’s this DJ that has kind of a gift. He joins up with my band and then starts getting more attention than me, the lead singer. So I start getting upset about that.”

Sounds interesting.  Ruffalo has been trying to get his movie made since he announced it in 2004 while doing press for 13 Going on 30 but with the announcement of Franco joining the project, it may be closer to reality.

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James Franco has enjoyed an eclectic career.

This Golden Globe winner truly made a name for himself via the Spider-Man franchise. He also played Tristan in Tristan and Isolde, and showed a comedic touch, appearing in Judd Apatow's Pineapple Express. He was also the lead in The Rise of The Planet of The Apes, and will be playing Oz in Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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