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James Franco to Direct ‘80s Romantic Drama ‘The Pretenders’ Starring Jane Levy

The script is written by “The Fault in Our Stars” helmer Josh Boone.

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James Franco is adding a new project under his directing tab. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker will be helming “The Pretenders,” a film set in New York in the ‘80s.

The movie will star Jane Levy, Jack Kilmer and Shameik Moore, and follow two college friends who fall in love with the same girl. The love triangle creates a decade spanning, unique relationship between the threesome. “Horns” actress Juno Temple and Brian Cox (“Morgan”) will also co-star.

The script, written by “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone, has been circulating since 2013, with various actors previously attached.

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The project is a co-production between Rabbit Bandini Productions, SSS Entertainment and Yale Productions. Producers for the film include Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis at Rabbit Bandini, Shaun Sanghani at SSS Entertainment, Jordan Yale Levine and Scott Levenson from Yale Productions, along with Katy Leary.

Franco has long list of directing credits, including “As I Lay Dying,” “In Dubious Battle” and “Zeroville.” On the acting side, he was last seen in the TV movie “Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?” and heard in “Sausage Party.” A few of his upcoming films include “Future World,” “Burn Country” and “Why Him?,” out December 23.

Levy was last seen in the breakout summer hit “Don’t Breathe” and will next star in “Monster Trucks,” out January 13.

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