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James Franco to shoot THE BROKEN TOWER in two weeks, Michael Shannon to star

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
October 25th, 2010

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Ph.D Yale student. Actor. Artist. All three of these things can be descriptors before saying the name of 127 HOURS star (and presumed Oscar contender) James Franco.

You can throw feature-length film director in there too, according to Showbiz411.

The outlet is reporting that the actor-turned-director will start shooting his upcoming film, an adaptation of Paul L. Mariani’s The Broken Tower, in two weeks. The film is a biography of famous American poet Hart Crane, who is best known for works like The Bridge and Broken Tower. Crane died at the age of 32 after jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.

Showbiz has also announced that, while no official cast has been announced, Michael Shannon has been mentioned as a member of the film’s cast. Shannon is 36 years old, so he may or may not be playing the poet itself, but at this point, that seems to be the likely case. Personally, I hope it is at least. I adore Shannon as an actor, and while the idea of Franco directing the film is amazing and all, it’s the concept of Shannon taking on the lead role that makes this film really, really intriguing.

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