Val Lauren Stars in James Franco's Sal

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Val Lauren is set to star in the film Sal, directed by James Franco.  The Hollywood Reporter reports the actor will star in the biographical film based on the life of Sal Mineo.

James Franco will direct the film largely from Michael Gregg Michaud's book "Sal Mineo: A Biography."

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Sal focuses on the actor's life in Hollywood and his struggles and triumphs as one of the first openly gay actors.  He is best known for starring opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

Interestingly, Lauren appeared in a 2001 television movie called James Dean, which starred none other than Franco himself. 

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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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