When one is involved with as many films as James Franco is, there’s bound to be a number of misfires, especially in the low-budget arena he likes to play around in. While he has Sam Raimi‘s major blockbuster Oz: The Great and Powerful coming next spring, there’s another upcoming film that’s firmly on the other side of the spectrum. Re-teaming with his Shadows & Lies director Jay Anania, we’ve got the first trailer for The Letter today, which follows Winona Ryder as a playwright who starts to go crazy thanks to her leading man, played by Franco. It looks like some sort of joke from the first frame, almost as if one of Franco’s General Hospital-esque gags. I applaud the guy for trying everything, but I wish he had just a bit of control. Check it out below, along with the poster, for the film also starring Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland and Katherine Waterston. [Collider]
A playwright (two-time Academy Award® nominee Winona Ryder, “Black Swan,” “The Age of Innocence”) begins to mentally unravel while preparing her latest work for the stage. She is plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, while also falling under the spell of her charismatic new leading man (played by Oscar® nominee James Franco, “127 Hours,” “Milk”). As the curtain call grows closer, she finds she can no longer decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.Directed by Jay Anania (”Shadows & Lies”), the film also stars Josh Hamilton (“J. Edgar”), Marin Ireland (“28 Hotel Rooms”) and Katherine Waterston (“Being Flynn”).
The Letter will hit VOD in the near future.
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The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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