The Cast

James Franco is Allen Ginsberg

James Franco’s metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic JAMES DEAN earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe® for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® for this memorable performance. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourn in Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN trilogy. Franco recently starred opposite Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s MILK, in which his performance earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was recently nominated for a Golden Globe® for his role in David Gordon Green’s comedy PINEAPPLE EXPRESS where he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He has also recently been seen in George C. Wolfe’s NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane; in Paul Haggis’ IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, starring Tommy Lee Jones; and as part of an all-star ensemble cast in Shawn Levy’s comedy DATE NIGHT.

Franco currently stars in Ryan Murphy’s EAT PRAY LOVE alongside Julia Roberts and Billy Crudup. He is next set to star alongside Danny McBride in David Gordon Green’s YOUR HIGHNESS and Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle’s 127 DAYS.

Franco’s additional credits include Karen Moncrieff‘s ensemble drama THE DEAD GIRL; Tommy O’Haver’s drama AN AMERICAN CRIME, starring Catherine Keener and Ellen Page; Kevin Reynolds’ classic romance TRISTAN + ISOLDE; John Dahl’s THE GREAT RAID; Robert Altman’s THE COMPANY; Nicolas Cage’s directorial debut SONNY; CITY BY THE SEA opposite Robert De Niro; and the Martin Scorsese produced DEUCES WILD. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series FREAKS AND GEEKS.

He has written, directed, and starred in several short plays. He adapted two of them, FOOL’S GOLD and THE APE, into feature length films that he produced, directed, and starred in. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the drama GOOD TIME MAX.