Whether you love James Franco or can’t stand him, it can’t be denied that the man works hard. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate already — what with films including Oz: The Great and Powerful, Lovelace, Spring Breakers, and his directorial effort The Broken Tower all coming up, plus all of his non-movie projects — he’s now added Mapplethorpe, a biopic of the late photographer. The Tribeca-backed picture will be the first narrative feature by documentary director Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live in Public).

Franco will topline the cast as Robert Mapplethorpe, whose explicit works sparked debate over public funding for the arts in the late 1980s. Between this and Howl, it seems Franco’s becoming the go-to guy for historical movies about controversial artists. Timoner, Miles Levy, and Eliza Dushku will produce along with Nate Dushku (Eliza’s brother), who was lined up to play Mapplethorpe at one point before Franco came on board. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Eliza Dushku, star of the upcoming Joss Whedon TV show Dollhouse (there I go again) is producing a biopic of artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Her genius casting for the lead role is her brother Nate, who she claims has an uncanny likeness to the perennially controversial photographer. I’ve conjoined them into some kind of unholy chimera in the image above, however badly, so you can judge for yourself.

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