James Franco is a bit weird. And no, I’m not just talking about that time he hosted the Oscars. He’s made some very unexpected choices in his career, which is why it should have come as a surprise to nobody that someone most famous for being high on recreational drugs, has decided to write and direct an adaptation of Willam Faulkner’s classic novel, As I Lay Dying.
And now, a first trailer for his adaptation has been unveiled, ahead of its debut at Cannes.
The Bundren family of the rural South tries to honor their late mother Addie’s wish to be buried in her birthplace. They spend nine days hauling her coffin in a mule-drawn wagon, battling numerous obstacles and personal demons along the way.
Faulkner’s 1930 novel, considered one of the greatest works of American literature made use of a very unique storytelling device in that while it is narrated in the first person, the point of view constantly jumps around between characters, more than a dozen at a time, giving everybody’s personal account of events.
It’s uncertain whether Franco somehow incorporated a similar mechanic in his version, although two separate voice-overs can be heard in the trailer.
What is certain, is that this has got to be the first movie starring both Franco and Danny McBride in which nobody gets high.
As I Lay Dying does not have a release date yet.
Last Updated: May 16, 2013