First Images from James Franco’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY

James Franco’s Adaptation

James Franco (Child of God) is attempting to make a name for himself as a director of movies solely based on books written by great American authors. And now it’s William Faulkner’s turn again, and his novel The Sound and the Fury.

Franco previously adapted Faulkner’s internal novel As I Lay Dying. (Who funds all these movies that he directs?)

Franco is starring in and directing the deadly serious adaptation of ‘a real son-of-a-bitch’ classic novel in his typical fashion, and he’s also called up pals Seth Rogen and Danny McBride.

Four new stills from his upcoming film shines quite a different light on the normally hilarious trio, looking strikingly different donning their period wardrobe.

Also starring Jacob Loeb, Ahna O’Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King and Loretta Devine, the picture will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival where it will play out-of-competition.

Penned by Franco and Matt Rager (As I Lay Dying), The Sound and the Fury chronicles the tragic crumbling of the aristocratic Compson family in Mississippi decades ago.

Franco, who is due to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory award at the Venice Film Festival, plays Benjy, a young man whose cognitive disabilities are a source of great shame for his family.

Pics and synopsis below (via The Playlist).

the-sound-and-the-fury-danny-mcbride

the-sound-and-the-fury-image-james-franco

the-sound-and-the-fury-james-franco

the-sound-and-the-fury-scott-haze-seth-rogen

Directed by and starring Academy Award nominee James Franco, The Sound and The Fury captures the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Noble Prize winner author William Faulkner and considered among the 20th century’s greatest works, The Sound and the Fury encapsulates the universal theme of the death of honor, social injustice and forbidden love.