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Kristen Stewart, James Franco, and Helena Bonham Carter to Join JT LeRoy Biopic … or Are They?

All of these people are who they say they are. Photo: Getty Images

JT LeRoy, the literary sensation who palled around with celebrities and romanced Asia Argento before being unmasked as a hoax a decade ago, is getting a biopic: THR reports that Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and James Franco are in talks to join JT LeRoy, a film about the two women who dreamed up the stunt, from I Am Michael’s Justin Kelly. Bonham Carter would take the role of Laura Albert, who wrote the work credited to LeRoy; Stewart would play Savannah Knoop, who impersonated LeRoy in public (and now co-wrote this movie’s script). Franco is set to play Knoop’s brother, who was married to Albert. Ten years after being unmasked, LeRoy is having another moment in the spotlight: A documentary, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, just earned rave reviews at Sundance.

Stewart, Franco, and HBC to Join JT LeRoy Biopic