EW has the first image from the William Faulkner adaptation that also stars Franco (natch) along with "True Blood" thesp Jim Parrack, with Danny McBride, Ahna O'Reilly, Logan Marshall-Green and Tim Blake Nelson. To say the movie is ambitious is an understatement, as the source material itself is challenging, told through the voices of 15 different characters, but Franco has been working hard to get it right. In early 2011 he did a test shoot of the 160-page script (the movie now runs 2 hours) and has been working on it for years. And while he initially boasted the cast would include Michael Shannon, Paul Dano, Richard Jenkins and Joaquin Phoenix, that didn't pan out, so hopefully this smaller scale cast will deliver.
No distribution yet, but "As I Lay Dying" is one of the more interesting wildcards at Cannes. Another Franco lark or a step up for the filmmaker? We'll soon find out.