James Franco & Jason Statham To Team Up For ‘Homefront’
The two stars are set to headline a new Sylvester Stallone penned action thriller.
Continuing his trend of tackling unexpected roles, James Franco has signed on to join action man Jason Statham in the testosterone-heavy thriller, Homefront, to be directed by Runaway Jury and Kiss The Girls director Gary Fleder, based on a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, who will also produce.
Set to shoot at the end of September in New Orleans, the film will see Statham play retired DEA agent, Phil Broker, who relocates his family to a quiet town hoping to escape his past. However, when he finds the town overrun with violence, drug traffickers and an evil "meth magnate" named Gaor (Franco), Phil seeks retribution.
The screenplay's executive producer, Avi Lerner, said, "I cannot think of a better group to put this film on the big screen. Sly's script is fantastic, James and Jason are remarkable actors and Gary really knows how direct this type of film."
Franco - who's been a bit quiet on the movie front after a busy 2011 - has a number of intriguing big-name projects soon to be released including Lovelace in which he plays Hugh Hefner, Sam Raimi's Oz The Great And Powerful and Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers.
Meanwhile, Statham and Stallone will soon be seen on big the screen together in The Expendables 2, which Stallone co-wrote, but did not direct.
Photo credit: Franco, courtesy of Getty Images/Pascal Le Segretain.