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James Franco: Got Milk? GOT MILK!

James Franco: Got Milk?  GOT MILK!

Spiderman actor James Franco, Speed Racer star Emile Hirsch and American Gangster actor Josh Brolin are all set to appear opposite Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant‘s biopic Milk.

Cast details per The Hollywood Reporter: Penn, 47, stars as Harvey Milk, the country’s first openly gay elected official, a San Francisco city supervisor who was assassinated in 1978. Brolin, 39, will play Dan White, the rival politician and supervisor who shot Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to death at City Hall. Hirsch, 22, has been cast as gay rights activist Cleve Jones, an intern and close ally of Milk‘s, who went on to found the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Franco, 29, will play Scott Smith, Milk‘s lover and campaign manager.

Filming begins January 2008 in San Francisco, where Milk became the first openly gay man elected to office in 1977.

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  • heyguys

    well oh ok

  • two buck chuck

    Franco’s goin’ home to the Bay Area! Love it!

  • katie


  • Rita

    Sean Penn and James Franco? SEXXXAY

  • Anon

    Great casting. Everyone of them are fine actors and it is about time someone did the Harvey Milk story. He was a real trailblazer. The shooting was a profound tragedy for everyone involved, even the killer, Dan White. His meltdown was sad.
    Just watch. The “James Franco is gay rumors!” and the “Emile Hirsh is Gay!” rumors will start up any moment! I am so tired of the rumor mongerers trying to get a fix on who is gay and who isn’t. It is a personal, private matter and it doesn’t concern the public. All we are owed is a good perfromance. Period.

  • Anon

    I think these guys are doing this bcz they want to work with Sean Penn. If U R a very serious actor, working with someone like Sean Penn or Robert DeNiro or Meryl Streep is a gift. It’s a real opportunity. Just like it would be to work with Martin Scorcese.

  • dang

    dang I wanted Matt Damon to played Dan White – he looked so much like him.

  • ina

    james is so hot

  • Ana

    yay James Franco news!

    I agree with the person above. they’re probably going to try and say that he is gay after making the movie but whatever. He is gorgeous and extremely talented. cant wait for the movie.

  • Anthony to the S.

    they look like cousins.

  • the_original_nika


  • kelly

    Just wondering.. why put American Gangster star? He had a very supporting role. It should say No Country for Old Men star, it’s newer, and he has a bigger role.

  • fenty

    James Franco becomes Gay ?? Hmm, okay … that’s interesting.

  • Mojo

    I love Gus! Really great casting!!!

  • Dianna Trent

    I know the rumors will begin re:Mr.Franco and I am NOT looking forward to hearing it. Women LOVE James and I personally think he should have stayed far away from this film. Maybe he DID just want the chance to work with Penn and this was it. I just hope the viewing audience doesn’t have to sit thru him in any ‘compromising positions’. Better his character’s private life be REFERRED to than shown. (JMHO)

  • SBm

    Emile Hirsch is one of the most amazing actors on the planet! He’s so yummy, I could just eat him up! That sexy little smile and that cute butt!!Who could ask for more!!

  • Marina

    Harvey Milk was not the first openly gay elected official in the country as your article states. He was the first openly gay elected man. Preceding him were both Elaine Noble (Mass. State Rep 1974) and Kathy Kozachenko (Ann Arbor City Council 1974),

  • http://google micaela olave ponce

    nnooooooooooo tu eres demasiado lindo para meterte en eso , emile hirsh te amo ,… jeans franco eres orrendo no metas a mi amor en eso ., chaoo

  • Melissa

    Ugh. Gay rumours about James will start soon.

    I don’t care though. He’s an amazing actor, he’s gorgeous. It’s an opportunity to work with Sean Penn, I understand why he took it. I’m sure he’ll be great.

  • Rick

    Dianna Trent

    Geez. It’s a movie about a famous gay man. If you don’t like the subject and can’t handle it then don’t go see it. These are fine actors who don’t give a shit what you think about your definition of a compromising position.