James Franco has plans to conquer the lights of Broadway in his latest endeavor to pursue all things artistic. Franco announced on The Colbert Report, to the surprise of most of his fans, that he will take the Broadway stage in the near future to take on the role of George in Of Mice And Men.
While on The Colbert Report Franco made his announcement about his plans to star in “Of Mice And Men” on Broadway, and even tried to wrangle host Colbert into the play as well, saying: “There’s a character Slim, we haven’t cast it yet. You can do it. You can nail it!” Aside from the sudden announcement there hasn’t been any additional information on Franco’s Broadway debut.
This isn’t the first time Franco promised he would appear in a Broadway play. Back in 2011, Franco announced that he would be acting alongside Nicole Kidman in the Tennessee Williams Play, “Sweet Bird of Youth.” However, the it was stalled after Franco pulled out. It was speculated that the meta-performer and scholar didn’t have enough time for the show.
Aside from James Franco not being able to take on the role that Paul Newman made famous in “Sweet Bird of Youth,” Franco did stage a small play of “Streetcar Named Desire” while filming Oz The Great and Powerful in Detroit. In addition he dabbled with experimental performance with a three act performance piece around Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”, which was hosted by Performa in New York City.
It’s not known whether or not Franco will be directing this Broadway production, or who will join him in the role of Lenny. Although no one from the Broadway world comes to mind, his This Is The End co-star Jay Baruchel might be a good choice.