Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Josh Hutcherson set for The Long Home

Committed to his crusade to adapt every novel ever written for the screen – or at least the ones that pique his interest – James Franco (As I Lay Dying) is setting up yet another adaptation. News arrives via Variety that he is planning to both star and direct The Long Home, with Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) lined up to co-star.

Adapted from William Gay's book, the story is set in rural 1940s Tennessee, where a young man (Hutcherson) scores a job building a honky tonk bar for a charismatic, scheming bootlegger. But trouble finds him when he falls for a young woman that the criminal is grooming to become a prostitute, and that's before he discovers that the man murdered his father ten years previously.

This isn't the first time Hutcherson and Franco will have worked together – Franco also cast Hutcherson in another of his projects, the John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which has yet to set a release date.

As for Hutcherson, he will next be seen in the final Hunger Games film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, which arrives on 20 November.

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