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James Franco's Broadway debut

James Franco's Broadway debut

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Broadway welcomed Orlando Bloom's performance in Romeo and Juliet this summer, as they have Ethan Hawke's upcoming performace in Macbeth, and now the spotlight has shifted to another Hollywood name on the New York theatre scene. 

James Franco, is a man of many hats – the star of films such as 127 Hours, Spider-Man, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Milk, plus professor of film production at New York University, is set to tread the boards of Broadway. 

The actor will play George in an ongoing production of Of Mice and Men, an adaptation of the novel by John Steinbeck of the same name. 

Of Mice and Men has been on Broadway off and on since 1937. It returned in 1974 with a new, different version. This is the third time it will show, directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro.

There is speculation that Shapiro may hire Irish actor Chris O'Dowd alongside Franco to take up the part of Lenny. If this is true, it will also be O'Dowd's debut Broadway peformance. 

Of Mice and Men is scheduled to debut during autumn next year.

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