Watch: James Franco has been cast in first movie in four years
James Franco is making his acting comeback following a four year break in which he agreed a £1.6m settlement agreement over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Hollywood Reporter now reports he will return to acting in Second World War coming-of-age drama Me, You, helmed by Danish director Bille August and co-starring The Night Manager's Tom Hollander and Everything I Know About Love's Daisy Jacob.
Franco said in a statement: “I am excited to board this phenomenal project and to be working with the legendary Bille August. I’m a huge fan of his work, and Me, You is a truly brilliant script.”
He will play former US soldier and hardened fisherman Nicola, who befriends a young boy during his holiday to the island of Ischia in Italy.
Franco – known for roles in Oscar-nominated drama 127 Hours, stoner comedy Pineapple Express and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise – taught creative writing at Columbia University and NYU, after graduating in the subject himself.
He also taught film classes at University College of Los Angeles and was accused of pushing female students to engage in explicit sex scenes on camera.
Franco agreed to pay out $2.2m in settlement fees to a number of his former students, who claimed they were victims of fraud for paying for the acting school while being sexually objectified and intimidated.
A joint statement issued at the time read: "The parties and their counsel are pleased to have resolved portions of this dispute and pending lawsuit.
“While Defendants continue to deny the allegations in the complaint, they acknowledge that Plaintiffs have raised important issues; and all parties strongly believe that now is a critical time to focus on address the mistreatment of women in Hollywood.
“All agree on the need to make sure that no-one in the entertainment industry – regardless of sex, race, religion, disability, ethnicity, background, gender or sexual orientation – faces discrimination, harassment or prejudice of any kind.”
Franco has been dating 26-year-old actor Izabel Pakzad since 2017.