Production Weekly is reporting that James Franco has been cast as the lead in Danny Boyle‘s (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) next film project, 127 Hours, a story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. The industry paper also reports that production will begin in early March in Utah.
The screenplay written by frequent Boyle collaborator and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is said to contain no dialogue what-so-ever for the first hour of the story. In the true life story, Ralston was completely alone, stuck in the canyon. And Boyle has said that he would not be introducing any volleyball tricks a la Tom Hanks in Castaway.