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James Franco Will Rap In Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 1, 2011 9:58 AM
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Emma Roberts Co-Stars; Also, WTF

Update: Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez are also in talks to star. The trio will play the gang of girls in the film with Roberts as danger loving Southern brunette, and Gomez as the stuck-up, religious type.

James Franco -- whose ass recently graced the cover of Flaunt -- has certainly been very forward about this arty inclinations whether it be a mediation on "My Own Private Idaho" or a deconstruction of "Three's Company." His more cerebral endeavors found him hooking up with indie enfant terrible Harmony Korine for some kind of street gang project earlier this year. While we'll have to wait to see the fruits of that endeavor, the duo are pairing up for a feature film project. And it sounds like the most normal movie Korine has ever done in his life.

Set to be written and directed by Korine, co-starring Emma Roberts and planned to shoot next spring break, the movie will center on four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast food restaurant in order pay for the annual getaway, and who get thrown in the slammer once they get there. Sound dull? Wait, it gets better. Franco will play a rapping drug and arms dealer who bails out the girls, and coaxes them to kill his nemesis named Arch. James Franco + rapping = we're there.

But this is weirdly the most mainstream thing Korine has ever done, though the casting is delightfully odd. This is another project in an already busy year for both Korine and Franco. The director premiered his short film collaboration with Die AntwoordUmshini Wam,” created an ad for Indian megacorp Mahindra, is working on a short film with Val Kilmer that will form part of a Dogme-esque omnibus project, and shot a fashion campaign video for Proenza Schouler.

As for Franco, he starred in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," and has spent the year busily filming Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful," and the indie flicks "Maladies," "The Stare" and "Cherry." And oh yeah, he went to Venice and premiered his Sal Mineo biopic "Sal," and released an EP of questionable music, in addition to a zillion other things he has going. Yet, Franco-ites will recall, "Spring Breakers" won't be the first time he's played a drug dealer, a role he seems to specialize in. [Variety]

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  • Umm... | December 27, 2011 12:30 AMReply

    Well, Emma Roberts is an absolutely dreadful actress, so this sounds like a veritable clusterf*ck, in no uncertain terms.

  • Nelson Carvajal | November 3, 2011 11:42 AMReply

    This is what happened with that Korine/Franco street gang project:

  • jajajajaja | November 2, 2011 4:07 AMReply

    James Franco is a huge talent and I welcome this movie. Anything, James does I watch with great interest.

  • aoooo | November 1, 2011 12:12 PMReply

    There's an update:

    This sounds horrifying, by the way. The cast is a huge part of that.

  • carrie | November 1, 2011 11:13 AMReply

    ils étaient faits pour se rencontrer

  • jgaa | November 1, 2011 10:34 AMReply

    james go away already !

  • Ryan Sartor | November 1, 2011 10:09 AMReply

    This movie sounds amazing.

    Also, Harmony looks a lot like Josh Harris from WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, or vice versa:

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