Today we have the first look at James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s beloved novel As I Lay Dying. The photos from the film, which began production in Mississippi at the end of August and wrapped over the weekend, have slowly began to leak from various Franco fan sites and several of the actor’s Twitter accounts.
The photos give us a great look at the film and its stunning location, which Franco and his team seem to be utilising beautifully. The sets and props look wonderful too and the crew seems to have perfectly recreated the 1920’s time period of Faulkner’s novel.
For those of you unfamiliar with the project, As I Lay Dying is an adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel of the same name which follows “the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest and motivations—noble or selfish—to honor her wish to be buried in the town of Jefferson.”
The photos also provide our first look at some of the cast including Franco, Jim Parrack, Logan Marshall-Green and the star of Franco’s upcoming film, Child Of God, Scott Haze.
IMDb has also attached several of the actors with character names, which though aren’t officially confirmed, seem to fit quite well. If IMDb is correct, the film will see James Franco take on the lead role of Darl, while Parrack and Marshall-Green will play his brothers, Cash and Jewel, respectively.
Alongside them is Anha O’Reilly, who will play the trio’s sister Dewey Dell. Beth Grant will be the mother, Addie, and Scott Haze will take on the role of drug store clerk, MacGowan.
The film also features Danny McBride and the another one of the stars of Franco’s Child Of God, Tim Blake Nelson.
As I Lay Dying is expected to be released in 2013.
Check out the photos below.