Almost exactly one full year ago, yet another James Franco project came on the horizon called “True Story,” and with Jonah Hill to co-star and Brad Pitt producing it all seemed cool beans, until we forgot about it in the deluge of other Franco-related endeavors. But it seems it’s still alive, and has landed an actress who continues to bag great roles on her continued rise.
Felicity Jones (“Like Crazy,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2“) has boarded the picture for what promises to be a pretty crackling story. Based on the memoir by journalist Michael Finkel, the absolutely bizarre (and true) tale will find Hill playing the author of the book, who formerly worked for the New York Times, and found his life take a stranger turn when Christian Longo (Franco) — a wanted man on the FBI Top Ten list for mudering his family — was arrested in Mexico. The twist? He was living under the name Michael Finkel. The New York Times then fired Finkel saying he had made up portions of an investigate report. Things get even stranger when Longo says that the only representative of the press he’ll speak to, is Finkel. Jones will play Hill’s girlfriend, who struggles to stay behind his side through the entire ordeal.
There’s no word yet on when this will actually shoot, but with ‘Spider-Man’ getting set to roll shortly it may be a bit of a way off yet, and that’s not to mention the five thousand things Franco is taking on at any given moment. But so far, so good, and we hope we’re talking about a completed movie by this time next year. Rupert Goold, whose biggest credit is helming “Richard II” with Patrick Stewart for television, will direct. [Deadline]