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James Franco wants to make 'The Sound and the Fury' with Jon Hamm and Danny McBride
Every bookworm goes through a William Faulkner phase, but James Franco is going to great lengths to show his love of the iconic Southern author's work on the big screen.
Franco's recent adaptation of the author’s "As I Lay Dying" debut at Cannes to a mixed response, but the prolific actor-director wants another crack at Faulkner.
Franco is next planning to adapt the author's tricky, often stream of consciousness 1929 novel "The Sound and the Fury." He plans to star, direct and co-write the script with "As I Lay Dying" co-writer Matt Rager.
He already has a starry cast in mind to bring the decline of the multi-generational Compson family to life, according to The L.A. Times. Franco is eyeing "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm to play the family's elder, and younger brother Dave Franco to play the depressed son, Quentin. Frequent Franco collaborator Danny McBride is also likely to star, although his potential role has yet to be revealed.
Franco is aiming to bring things together quickly for a fall shoot after wrapping Wim Wender’s "Everything Will Be Fine" this summer. He recently dropped out of directing "The Garden of Last Days," which was scheduled to shoot later this month, likely freeing up some time for "Sound and the Fury."
The eternally busy Franco has already appeared in "Spring Breakers," "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "This is the End" this year.