James Franco To Direct 'The Long Shrift' At Rattlesticks Playwrite Theatre

Clearly James Franco is not busy enough currently starring in the Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men. The actor/film director/writer/producer/lecturer/social media fiend has now decided to become a theatre director.

James Franco The Long ShriftFranco is currently starring alongside Chris O'Dowd in a Broadway production of Of Mice and Men

Franco is set to direct Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift in New York this summer. The play, which is about a man who is released from jail after he was accused of rape in his teens, will launch the 20th anniversary of the Rattlestick Playwrights theatre, which is based in the West Village. The production will star Ahna O’Reilly, Brian Lally, Scott Haze, Allie Gallerani and Ally Sheedy. Haze appeared in Franco’s 2013 film As I Lay Dying, based on William Faulkner’s 1930 novel.

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Oscar-nominated Franco has been receiving mainly positive reviews for his performance in Of Mice and Men and has recently started up his own drama school in Los Angeles. He is currently the subject of a documentary about his life, which will see camera crews follow the actor around for a year of his life.

James Franco The Last ShroudFranco, pictured with Of Mice and Men co-stars Chris O'Dowd and Anna Shapiro, will add 'theatre director' to his list of jobs

The documentary, aptly called Franco: A Documentary, will look at his acting career and experiences. Viewers will likely be hoping that it will give some insight into the Instagram scandal the actor was involved in earlier this year. Franco admitted to flirting with a 17-year-old girl on the social media site before asking her whether he should “rent a room” for the pair of them. In the wake of the scandal he admitted to his “bad judgement,” and added “social media is tricky.”

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