JAMES FRANCO GOES GAY ONCE AGAIN FOR GUS VAN SANT AND NEWCOMER JUSTIN KELLY

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will star in MICHAEL, a film about a gay man taunted so much he becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor. The film will be executive produced by , and directed by his protege, .

The is based on an article that appeared in The Times Magazine called “My Ex-Gay Friend” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. It’s an interesting take on gay culture, as most gay films are about self-empowerment. This one happens to highlight one of the darker sides of the struggle for personal acceptance, as the main character becomes the very thing he hates.

Newcomer wrote the and will be what appears to be his first big feature film. I’m sure Van Sant and Franco will be looking over his shoulder, as both are familiar with this territory and subject matter, having worked on “Milk” together back in 2008.

Franco is producing, along with , , and , with Van Sant executive producing.

Franco is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Kelly is repped by The Gotham Group.

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