Right now, whether truth or fiction, there’s no story unfolding in Hollywood more captivating than that surrounding “The Interview,” but it seems James Franco likes a good real life yarn. Next month, he’ll hit the Sundance Film Festival with two movies based on true stories: the Gus Van Sant-produced “I Am Michael” and the Brad Pitt-produced “True Story.” The latter’s first trailer show’s a different side to the actor.
Co-starring Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones, “True Story” is based on the memoir by former New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, regarding his crossing paths with one Christian Longo, a wanted man on the FBI Top Ten list who had murdered his family. Things get even more bizarre when it’s revealed that Longo was living under the name “Michael Finkel.” While we’re used to seeing both performing on the more extreme end of the comedic spectrum, it’ll be interesting to watch Franco and Hill play in a different register.
“True Story” opens on April 10, 2015.