James Franco is once again reeling in the big guns for a film that he’s working on with his NYU class. Thanks to recent casting calls, we now know that Olivia Wilde, Chloe Sevigny, Logan Marshall-Green, Whoopi Goldberg and Vince Jolivette will be joining Franco in his next film, Black Dog, Red Dog. Furthermore, The Mercury Report is reporting Tim Blake Nelson, who stared in Franco’s Child Of God, will also be part of the film.
Black Dog, Red Dog is based on poet Stephen Dobyns’ book that focuses on his life from the 1950’s to 1980’s. The film will be feature length though it will be made up of a series of short films directed by Franco’s students.
Franco made a similar film last year about the life of C.K. Williams based on his book Tar, in which Franco starred alongside Jessica Chastain, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Whoopi Goldbergh, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper.
Personally, I think there needs to be more films made about poets so I’m all for this. I love Franco’s work and the cast he is gathering is quite impressive.
Black Dog, Red Dog is currently filming in New York until the end of the month and both Black Dog, Red Dog and Tar are expected to be released later this year.