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‘In Dubious Battle’ Trailer: James Franco Takes on John Steinbeck in His Latest Literary Adaptation

Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston and more co-star.

If you’ve seen James Franco’s take on Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God and/or William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” you’ll surely have a strong opinion about the prospect of his next literary adaptation: John Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle.” Ahead of its Venice premiere next weekend, the film has just debuted its first trailer courtesy of Deadline.

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Part of the Dustbowl Trilogy along with “Of Mice and Men” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck’s novel was first published in 1936; the plot concerns a California labor dispute during the Great Depression. Franco also stars in the film, which boasts an ensemble cast including Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Sam Shepard, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Zach Braff.

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Matt Rager, who also penned the script for Franco’s “Sound and the Fury,” wrote the screenplay. “In Dubious Battle” will make its way to Toronto following its Venice debut.

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