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JAMES FRANCO TO PLAY ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

— Posted on 08.02.2012

In the ongoing saga of James Franco being all things to all people, it has been announced that he will now be playing seminal photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a project that is being funded by the Tribeca Film Institute’s 9th annual Tribeca All Access Program.

The film will be directed by Ondi Timoner who has gained critical acclaim for documentary films, most notably We Live in Public.

Robert Mapplethorpe's iconic imagery courted controversy for its subject matter - nudes and homoerotic sentiments were frequent themes - and he was extremely well known for his relationship with and photography of Patti Smith, which featured across her album covers, notable Horses.

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