James Franco Takes Stephen Elliott’s Cherry

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor James Franco onstage during the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 26, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/2011 Getty Images

We admit it: We're still a little bummed that James Franco dropped out of Noah Baumbach's While We're Young a few months ago owing to scheduling conflicts. At the time, it made sense (is there any man on earth more overscheduled than James Franco?), but since then, Franco has committed himself to roughly 2 million other projects shooting this year, and he just added yet another film to his schedule — Stephen Elliott's directorial debut, Cherry. Elliott is best known for writing The Adderall Diaries, a book Franco has optioned to direct, but here Elliott has cast the actor as a coke-addicted lawyer who assists a teenage girl in entering the world of porn. Dev Patel, Lili Taylor, and Heather Graham will co-star, the latter as a porn actress turned director — Rollergirl made something of herself! [Showblitz/Variety]