Will James Franco Star in Broadway Revival of Of Mice and Men?
06 Mar 2013
Academy Award nominee James Franco plans to star in a Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. The actor shared the news on the March 5 episode of "The Colbert Report."
Franco ("Milk," "Howl," "Spider-Man") sat down with host Stephen Colbert to speak about his upcoming film "Oz the Great and Powerful," which hits theatres March 8.
When Colbert asked if Franco also did theatre, the actor replied, "I'm going to. We're going to do Of Mice and Men on Broadway. There's a character Slim, we haven't cast it yet. You could do it," he teased Colbert.
Franco stated that he will play the role of George, a drifter, who along with his mentally-challenged friend Lennie, seek out work as field laborers during the Great Depression.
Based on his 1937 novel of the same title, Steinbeck penned the stage adaptation that premiered on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre the same year it was released. It was revived in 1974.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.