First Look: 'The Longest Week' With Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde & 'Maladies' Featuring James Franco, Catherine Keener

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by Oliver Lyttelton
May 16, 2012 5:38 PM
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Secondly there's "Maladies," yet another project for the ever-busy James Franco. The film, directed by his occasional collaborator, the efficiently-named Carter, is a sort of sequel/payoff to the star's appearance on "General Hospital," with Franco playing a successful actor who's retired because of his schizophrenia, with Catherine Keener, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming and relative newcomer Fallon Goodson making up the rest of the cast. Given their previous collaboration, "Erased James Franco," we're not expecting this to be super accessible, but we're still somewhat intrigued. Check out images, a synopsis and posters below. [Voltage Pictures]

Maladies follows three people struggling to coexist together in a little house in a beach town, separated and bonded by their mental illnesses from the rest of the world. Franco plays a former actor whose schizophrenia forces him to leave his craft and remain only a shell of his former self. Keener supports his the cross-dressing best friend whose struggle with her own gender identity precludes her from keeping the group together, and Goodson rounds out the trio as Franco’s sister whose mental detachment exacerbates the tensions already prevalent in the house.

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