A Coked Up James Franco Will Lead a Cast of Characters in Porn Epic ‘Cherry’

James Franco has another project in the works. Somebody sound the Franco Alarm! It will be for a film where author Stephen Elliot makes his directorial debut filming a script that he co-wrote with a former porn star named Lorelei Lee. Don’t pretend like you aren’t familiar with her work. Cherry tells the story of a bright-eyed young girl who moves to San Francisco, enters the world of pornography, and presumably then has a great time working a fulfilling job in an industry where everyone is stable and well adjusted. Or maybe they’ll go another route, and the opposite will happen to her. Regardless, the role of the 18-year-old girl has not yet been cast, but several others have.

For his part, Franco will be playing a coke-addicted lawyer that the girl becomes involved with. Lili Taylor (High Fidelity, Six Feet Under) will play the girl’s mother, who shockingly has a drinking problem. Heather Graham will be an ex porn star/current porn director who becomes obsessed with the young girl, and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel will play the girl’s best friend, who is secretly in love with her. Probably once she starts blowing dudes on camera he will have some sort of existential crisis. Also, it sounds like whomever they find to play the female lead is going to have to be ridiculously charismatic to justify having all of these people falling all over her. What do you think? Are you ready for another movie about the porn industry? As long as Lohan never gets rumored to play the lead, I think I’m going to let them have a pass. But as soon as I hear her name, I’m out! [Variety]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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