James Franco has signed on to star in Stephen Elliott’s Cherry, alongside Heather Graham and Dev Patel.

The screenplay has been written by author Stephen Elliott, who also plans to direct the feature film. The plot reportedly follows the story of a young woman who moves to San Francisco and lands a job working as an actress working in the adult film industry.

Heather Graham will play the girl’s boss – a former porn star herself, who has turned her hand to directing. To make matters worse, the lead character also begins a relationship with an cocaine-addled lawyer, who will be played by Franco, while having to deal with her alcoholic mother, who may be played by Mystic Pizza actress, Lili Taylor. Thankfully she’s got a best friend in the form of lovely old Dev Patel, who also happens to be secretly in love with her.

There’s no word as of yet as to who might play the leading lady herself, but with filming due to begin next month, it shouldn’t be too long before we find out!

It looks like this will be an extremely busy year for Franco – with Cherry marking the sixth film he’s currently attached to! Having recently finished filming for Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it is thought that he will complete Cherry before starting work on Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful in August.

Meanwhile, Franco is also expected to direct, and potentially star, in a film adaptation of Elliott’s memoir, The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism and Murder, having bought the rights to the book last year. Crikey – we’ll keep you posted!

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