Actor James Franco has somehow managed to find the time to direct, write and teach in addition to wooing audiences on the big screen. Now, Franco can add another accomplishment to his long list of side projects.
Tribeca Films recently acquired the North American rights to Palo Alto, a film that not only stars Franco but is also based on his collection of short stories, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film was written and directed by Gia Coppola and features a cast that includes Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Natt Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer. Though it has already made its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, it is set to make its debut in theaters next spring.
Palo Alto’s three story arcs examine “teenage lust, boredom and self-destruction,” according to Hollywood Reporter.
The first features Roberts as April who is caught between her feelings for Teddy (Jack Kilmer), a stoner boy her age, and her feelings for her much-older soccer coach (Franco).
The second story follows a girl named Emily (Levin) who desperately offers sexual favors while the third chronicles Teddy’s dangerous adventures with his potentially sociopathic best friend Fred (Wolff).
Palo Alto marks Coppola’s directorial debut.