James Franco is quite the character, with one of the wildest resumes out there. Not only is he known for his range of characters, from playing comedic roles in stoner buddy flicks like Pineapple Express and Your Highness, to critically acclaimed performances in movies like Milk and 127 Hours to whatever his performance in Spring Breakers was. He’s currently promoting The Disaster Artist, a film about cult figure Tommy Wiseau and the making of The Room — the cringiest movie ever made. Franco directed, produced and stars as Wiseau.
Next up, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s working on a superhero movie. While we know he’ll be acting in it and producing the film, it’ll be interesting to find out whether he’ll have any part in the writing as well. He’s no stranger to comic book movies, becoming a household name as Harry Osborn, the son of the Green Goblin — and later, the Green Goblin himself — in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man franchise.
“I do have a superhero that I am developing,” Franco told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don't know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. It's early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there's a need to develop more.”
What he’s working on isn’t a total mystery, though. We know 20th Century Fox has a Multiple Man project in the works and Franco’s character is going to be associated with the X-Men films — and plenty of sources have spread the rumor that he’ll be playing the mutant. He also revealed that he’s not interested in a family-friendly superhero movie like what Marvel has been pushing out.
“Our bottom line MO is, how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining?” Franco said. "What I love about what Simon Kinberg and Fox and the X-Men people have done with Deadpool and Logan — it took a while to get there, maybe 10 years — but they are going to go hard R. And we're going to take this superhero thing and really just push it into a new genre. So we’re working with Simon Kinberg on an X-Men property.”
Franco isn't just an actor, though. In addition to directing, producing and acting in films, he has written screenplays, plays and books and has taught at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Studio 4 and Palo Alto High School.