This is, indeed, the trailer for a James Franco-directed film that sees some form of premiere in 2013, but it’s not As I Lay Dying… or Child of God… or even Interior. Leather Bar, for that matter. What we have, instead, is Sal, a project which the multi-multi-hyphenate had completed in 2011 (even screening it at Venice that year), but is only, now, getting out to the public at large — which is important, I suppose, if you feared giving the guy too much credit for maintaining a heavy workload.
As one who appreciates the attempt at something different, though — and I’m not the only one — yours truly is pleased to see a devotion to the non-commercial persist with Sal, which sees Val Lauren portrays Sal Mineo, an actor whose fame from Nicholas Ray‘s Rebel Without a Cause and Otto Preminger‘s Exodus — a pair of Academy Award-nominated performances, no less — quickly dried up, leaving him a struggling actor who, 20 years after the James Deen-starrer, was murdered in an alleyway. Sal has a fine narrative right in place, and although it’s difficult to glean much from the preview at hand — except to say the flatness of Franco‘s visual palette is something of an early concern — one can hope a little-known, tragic Hollywood story is given its proper due in a translation to the big screen.
Watch the trailer below (via The Huffington Post):
James Franco‘s Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award® nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been — but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco’s intimate portrait finds the human details in a larger-than-life Hollywood story.
Sal will hit VOD and iTunes on October 22, and will arrive in limited theatrical release on November 1.
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