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James Franco: 'Mapplethorpe' Star?

James Franco: 'Mapplethorpe' Star?

James Franco goes undercover in a baseball cap and cardigan as he arrives at Chateau Marmont on Sunday (January 15) in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old actor is attached to star in the upcoming film Mapplethorpe, THR reports.

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James would play controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who often defied censors and died of AIDS in 1989.

Mapplethorpe was selected as one of ten projects to receive grants through the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access Program – each project will receive a $15,000 grant and ongoing support from industry professionals.

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  • Mlllllle

    I would love to be that shirt. Much More if he is sweating…

  • Creed

    This sounds like a very Franco type role


    He was hot when he was younger. I don’t really find him all that good looking any more, Idk what changed

  • wetbeaver

    And James Franco comes out of the closet in three, two, one….

  • A

    He has gained weight….except on his face.

  • Angeliki Coconi

    Angeliki Coconi at
    When it’s not Johnny Depp wearing funny clothes, it’s James Franco pretending to be gay. And once again the multi-talented and multi-involved actor will pretend to be a homosexual artist, in the biopic titled simply Mapplethorpe, which will tell the story of the famous influential photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who “attacked” 1970s New York with his massive nude black and white portraits. Sexually explicit, controversial and bold, the well-known photographer had his biopic coming. I’m surprised it took this long.
    James Franco has been cast as Robert Mapplethorpe
    Born in 1946, Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer who was more honest in his homoerotic works than 1970s America could handle. His famous large, nude, sadomasochistic sex celebrity portraits caused such controversy, especially during his middle artistic period, that Mapplethorpe was ultimately as much celebrated for his art, as criticized for his subject matter. The renowned photographer died of AIDS in 1989, at the age of 42.

    Documentary Director Ondi Timoner will direct the photographer’s biopic

    Produced by Eliza Dushku, Nate Dushku and Miles Levy, the film will be directed by documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner, who will be making her narrative film debut with Mapplethorpe. If the name sounds familiar, then that’s only because it is, or it should be. Ondi Timoner did a great job when directing the documentary Dig!, focusing on the Brian Jonestown Massacre and now her first narrative project has been given a $15,000 grant from the Tribeca Film Institute, which has gotten everything started. Shooting is about to begin and the movie is expected for release late 2012. The director has also secured full cooperation with the Mapplethorpe estate, the foundation founded a year after Mapplethorpe’s death in order to protect his work and promote his causes. Impressed by Timoner’s vision and artistic skills, the Mapplethorpe Foundation gladly gave her the rights to the photographer’s story and full access to his estate.

    Peacefully alongside this project, Robert Mapplethorpe’s “soulmate” and closest friend, Patti Smith, is in the process of adapting her book titled Just Kids, which focuses on the artistic duo during those 1960s and 1970s years, when they were both young, daring and inseparable. Writer John Logan (The Aviator) is signing the film’s screenplay, and a less documentary-like, and more emotional approach of the photographer’s life will most likely also be available to us, around the same time. Mapplethorpe will mostly focus on Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, rise and artistic controversy, protecting his art, praising him as a radical photographer, and promoting the causes he deeply cared about. Two sides of the same artist, and both exciting projects we are all looking forward to., by Angeliki Coconi