Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have cast James Franco in Howl! Franco is poised to play poet Allen Ginsberg opposite Mary Louis Parker of Weeds. Get all the details here with The Howl Movie trailer video and photos after the jump of Franco.
Have you heard about James Franco in Howl? Stepping into an entirely different role then we have ever seen the guest star of General Hospital in before, Franco will portray a poet who faces negative consequences after the publication of his poem entitled Howl. An extreme jump from the drug dealing, lonely soul James played in Pineapple Express.
Together Franco and Parker will star in the Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman penned storyline with actors Jon Hamm (who seems to be everywhere these days), Treat Williams of Everwood, Bob Balaban, Todd Rotondi and Aaron Tveit.
Here’s the official synopsis for Howl:
“It’s San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s’ reaction (the obscenity trial), and a mind expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment – the birth of the counter culture.”
Tell us, will you be checking out James Franco in Howl? Let us know below and watch the Howl Movie Trailer video.
See photos of actor James Franco below and read the intro to Allen Ginsberg’s famous poem.
Howl by Allen Ginsberg “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war”