Cherry

Performance artist James Franco tangles himself up with so many projects that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of them all – in fact, it seems likely that even Franco has forgotten about Stephen Elliott‘s About Cherry (formerly known just as Cherry), but we certainly haven’t! The film premiered back at the Berlin Film Festival, but even buzz words like “coked out lawyer James Franco” and “teenage porn star” and “also Heather Graham” didn’t seem to put too much heat on the thing (our own Cole Abaius even missed seeing it, and he lives in Germany), and it’s been but a fuzzy dream since we saw the film’s trailer back in February. Yet, About Cherry is still a film and it’s actually getting released later this year. We even have its salacious new poster to prove it! The film follows teenager Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw), who runs away from home with her best pal (Dev Patel, for some reason), armed only with some nudie pix her boyfriend snapped of her and the cash proceeds from selling off such pix (nice boyfriend, Angelina). Once in the dreamy pornland of San Francisco, Angelina gets caught up with bartending, stripping, a coked-out lawyer played by Franco, and adult films. It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Let’s check out the film’s schoolgirl fantasy-influenced poster after the break, why don’t we?

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If this first trailer for Cherry is to be believed, stumbling into a career in pornography is shockingly easy – all it takes is one dirtbag boyfriend and one impressionable teenage girl. In Cherry, Ashley Hinshaw (who you might recognize from Chronicle) takes a few dirty pictures for some pocket change, as encouraged by her skeezy boyfriend Jonny Weston, but her cash-grabbing photo shoots have an unexpected result – they allow her enough money to run off to San Francisco with her best friend (played by, of all people, Dev Patel). In the city by the bay, Hinshaw (obviously) ends up starring in fetish porn films, falls into a destructive relationship with a coked-up lawyer (played, of course, by James Franco), and apparently lies a lot. Without that marquee cast, Cherry would sound a lot like some classic After School Special material. But while Cherry sounds a bit basic, it does come complete with an interesting pedigree – it’s directed and co-written by first-time filmmaker Stephen Elliot, a former sex worker and author most famous for his lauded book “The Adderall Diaries.” The film also marks Elliot’s co-writer Lorelei Lee‘s first foray into screenwriting, though she has an extensive list of starring roles in various pornos, all complete with titles I can’t list here, because this is a family site. Check out the trailer for Cherry after the break, hopefully after you nix any plans for your own porno career.

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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 […]

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