Actor/writer/director/student/weirdo James Franco has tried to pull off a lot of things over the past few years, but he’s yet to attempt to be an action hero. That may be about to change though, because THR is reporting that he just signed on to star in a project that involves two of the cornerstones of movie masculinity. The film is called Homefront, it comes from a script that was penned by Sylvester Stallone, and it will see Franco acting opposite Jason Statham. Uh-oh, Mr. Franco, looks like we’re gonna need a bigger boat (full of HGH).

Okay, so maybe painting Franco as an action hero is pushing it. According to the report, Franco will actually be playing the villain of the piece, a meth dealer who goes by the name of Gator. Apparently he runs the town he lives in due to his super-profitable, meth-dealing lifestyle, and when an ex-D.E.A. agent (Statham) moves his family in down the street in hopes of living a sleepy life, it leads to some fireworks.

Stallone’s script is based off of a novel of the same name that was written by Chuck Logan, so to get a better idea of the specifics of the story we can turn to the books Amazon description, which reads:

“Phil Broker and his family moved to tiny Glacier Falls, Minnesota, to heal from the psychological wounds they received while helping to avert an inhuman act of terror. But young Kit chose the wrong adversary when she triumphed over local schoolyard bully Teddy Klumpe — for the boy’s disreputable clan does unholy business from the darkest shadows of their small town . . . and they do not forgive. What begins as a minor feud between neighbors quickly escalates into a major offensive of intimidation, destruction, fear . . . and death. And the worst is yet to come — because terror has come home.”

Sounds like young Teddy Klumpe’s dear old pappy must go by the name of Gator. Homefront is all set to go in front of the camera on September 24, with Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) sitting in the director’s chair. What do you think? Are you willing to suspend your disbelief and buy that Franco could provide some competition for Statham? If it involves watching his smug grin getting smashed with fists, you can definitely sign me up.

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