Actor James Franco, who quit acting after a series of sexual misconduct allegations, will play one of the lead roles in post-WWII drama Me, You. Night Manager star Tom Hollander and Vanity Fair star Daisy Jacob are also rounding out the cast for the upcoming film, Variety reported.
Acclaimed Danish filmmaker Bille August, known for the 1997 Palme d’Or award-winning film Les Meilleurs Intentions and Les Miserables, will direct Me, You.
Described as a coming-of-age drama, the film is set on the Italian island of Ischia where Marco, a 16-year-old on a break from his dreary Scottish boarding school, befriends the American GI turned fisherman Nicola (played by Franco). “The duo spend hours sailing in the Bay of Naples while Nicola regales his young friend with tales of war and oceans. But when Marco meets the mysterious 20-year-old Caia (Jacob), he is overjoyed and after discovering that she is a concentration camp survivor, he swears revenge. Soon he is plotting to set fire to a villa occupied by a group of rude German tourists in hopes of winning Caia’s affection,” reads the official logline.
Hollander will play Marco’s father, Edward.
Greg Latter, known for Goodbye Bafana, wrote the screenplay for the film.
At the height of the #MeToo movement in 2018, Franco was accused of sexual misconduct by students at his now defunct acting school. The claims led to a lawsuit, which the actor settled in June 2021 for $2,235,000.
In an interview last December, Franco revealed that he was undergoing treatment for sex addiction.
His upcoming projects also include the action thriller Mace.