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First Look At James Franco In Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' Plus More Pics Of Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 27, 2012 6:57 PM
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Harmony Korine has made movies with dudes fucking garbage, nuns jumping out of planes, and Die Antwoord riding around in wheelchairs, but nothing is quite like "Spring Breakers." Boasting a cast of young Hollywood babes -- and James Franco -- and (relatively speaking) as mainstream a plot as anything he's ever done, this might be the weirdest movie the director has ever made simply by nature of being totally unlike his previous work. And a bunch of images have been appearing online in the past few weeks, so we've rounded some of them up here -- but let's start right from the top.

Boasting cornrows, messy facial hair, some swag shades and a colorful shirt, James Franco is looking like some kind of cross between Kenny Powers and Kevin Federline. And it's glorious. To recap, the film stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine (yes, his wife) and follows four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast food restaurant in order to pay for the annual getaway, and who get thrown in the slammer once they get there. A rapping drug and arms dealer (Franco, amazing) bails out the girls, and coaxes them to kill his nemesis named (of course) Arch.

It also sounds ridiculous and pitched through Korine's distinct filter, we can only imagine what the result will be. But as these images bear out, at the very least, the shoot looks like it has been a blast. And certainly, with a bunch of wholesome young actresses pracing around in bikinis and acting bad, the paparazzi have been out in full force. Anyway, check it all out below. No word yet on a release date, but next spring seems like a no-brainer. [E!/Idolator/JustJared/The Superficial/Daily Mail/ONTD]

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  • Chad | March 28, 2012 8:49 PMReply

    Harm makes the best movies and if you don't like them I will kick your ass.

  • tyrannosaurus max | March 29, 2012 12:32 PM

    I concur, good sir.

  • Palozzio | March 28, 2012 12:28 PMReply

    Is this movie going to be something like Sugar & Spice meets Bully?

  • WRT | March 28, 2012 1:23 AMReply

    James Franco is playing a version of Riff Raff, the rapper, who was originally supposed to have the part

  • MN | March 27, 2012 9:31 PMReply

    Only three of the girls rob the restaurant.

  • Agent 355 | March 27, 2012 8:40 PMReply

    I am so very confused about my feelings towards this one. Do I like this? Should I feel threatened by the mainstream vibe? Is it cliche to put a bunch of Disney tween sensations in a Harmony Korine film, or is it refreshing that they'd be willing to give a big middle finger to Mickey Mouse and agree to be in it? Should I just shut the hell up and just be happy that Harmony Korine is releasing a new movie? I think I'm being pulled apart at the seams by the very thought of this film.

  • lucy | March 29, 2012 3:22 PM

    i say get freakin' excited about a new Harmony Korine movie :) all of his work is beyond words; it has never really been about the cast so much as the direction. don't let the fact that these girls are not experienced in the genre make you fret :) i'm excited to see the way they vibe with franco, and how well they take a different kind of direction. this will by far be another impressive film by Harmony Korine :)

  • zg | March 27, 2012 9:09 PM

    I don't see what's so "mainstream" about this? How is "putting a bunch of Disney tween sensations in a Harmony Korine film" a cliche? He's never done that before.

  • kris | March 27, 2012 7:16 PMReply

    looks like james franco play kevin federline lol

  • Ugh | March 27, 2012 7:09 PMReply

    Who the fuck keeps funding Harmony Korine movies? Whoever you are, please stop.

  • hablablablabla | March 27, 2012 8:55 PM

    Kids was the best thing anyone has ever done for humanity

    Coming from someone who came from the same kind of background as all of the characters and thankfully didn't end up like any of them because I was forced to watch it

  • a | March 27, 2012 7:42 PM

    You guys could consider just ignoring things you don't like. It's pretty easy.

  • UGH X2 | March 27, 2012 7:11 PM

    More like who the fuck keeps casting Vanessa Hudgens? Whoever you are, please stop.

  • a | March 27, 2012 7:02 PMReply


  • Belle | March 27, 2012 11:01 PM

    Get over it obviously Hollywood is not interested in your lack of knowledge or taste so they cast Vanessa and from what we hear she kicks ass in both Gimme Shelter and Frozen Ground.

    Oh btw it's called auditioning - do you need a dictionary also.

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