James Franco to Direct As I Lay Dying: Reunites with Danny McBride

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James Franco has proven he can do just about anything. He can smile nice, he can act good, and he can both learn and teach (though he can't host the Oscars).

Now the man who keeps himself incredibly busy will direct his first big film: an adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

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Franco has directed a few shorts and full-length indies in the past, but this will be his first "passion project." Franco's Pineapple Express and Your Highness co-star Danny McBride will star, along with Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall Green (Prometheus), Jim Parrack, and Ahna O’Reilly. Franco himself will make a cameo appearance.

The book tells the story, from 15 different narrators, of a Mississippi family trying to bury the matriarch as per her will.

Franco hopes to begin shooting this October. In addition to launching his directorial career, Franco will star next year in Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful. Check out the Oz: The Great and Powerful trailer for a look.

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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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