First Look: James Franco as Allen Ginsberg


Now that the Sundance 2010 line-up is out (competition and non-competition both released this week), we will start to see some preview images coming out from many of the much-anticipated films. First up is Howl, in which James Franco plays revered beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The story follows Ginsberg as he defends his poem “Howl” during his 1957 obscenity trial.

Below, we see not only Franco as Ginsberg, but also Mad Men star Jon Hamm. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film will also star Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels and David Strathairn. This is just one of many films that I will be keeping an eye on at Sundance in January. I’m excited to see James Franco — who has been equal parts brilliant in films like Pineapple Express and Milk — take on yet another dramatic role. And a lead role, nonetheless. Here’s hoping that it will turn out well.

We’ll keep digging through the press materials and let you know when we find something awesome.





Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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