ByJack Carr, writer at Creators.co
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Jack Carr

From playing the lover of Sean Penn's gay rights activist in Milk to his self-directed Sundance movie Interior. Leather Bar, which you almost certainly didn't see, James Franco is one of the few straight men in Hollywood who is not just unafraid to play a gay character, but also passionate about exploring gay culture at any opportunity. Like, seriously passionate.

That would explain his latest project, in which James Franco finally goes the whole nine yards (or inches) and makes a gay porn flick. Kind of.

I'm talking about King Cobra, a thriller movie set in the seedy, hazy, money-driven gay porn industry. The movie is (loosely) inspired by the real-life story of Brent Corrigan, arguably the biggest name in his field after his rapid rise to fame in the mid '00s. After being signed by producer Bryan Kocis, Corrigan became trapped in a contract he wanted out of. In 2007, Kocis was murdered by two amateur producers who wanted to work with Corrigan.

Check out the trailer below. And yes, it's a little NSFW.

Franco plays Joe, one of the rival producers vying for Corrigan's attention, while Christian Slater (currently being awesome in Mr. Robot) is Kocis, the dead man walking. Keegan Allen (creepy Toby in Pretty Little Liars) and Alicia Silverstone complete the cast.

Despite the subject matter, King Cobra looks like it packs all the ingredients of a classic thriller: Sex, money, vengeance. Death. It also looks like Franco's most fun performance since he was a pimped-up, dreadlocked gangster named Alien in Spring Breakers.

Drugs are bad, folks. (A24)
Drugs are bad, folks. (A24)

If, like me, you enjoy following James Franco's fascinating career, keep your eyes peeled for The Masterpiece. The movie is a fictionalized behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Room, the 2003 cult classic which is often considered the worst movie ever made, although that perspective is flexible depending on the quantity of drugs in your system.

Franco will play Tommy Wiseau, the genius (or disturbed individual — again, it's all about perspective) who directed and starred in The Room, while Dave Franco keeps it in the family by playing Greg Sestero, Tommy's co-star.

The cast also includes Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Sharon Stone, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, Judd Apatow, Zach Braff plus, allegedly, a cameo from Wiseau himself. It basically sounds like it has a high degree of potential to be the best thing to happen in 2017 — and even if it's as bad as The Room, you'll probably love it anyway.

Before then, Francophiles will also be able to catch the big man in Goat, opposite Nick Jonas. What is Goat?, I hear you ask. When the poster looks like that, I'm not entirely sure it matters, but for the sake of transparency it's a revenge-y story of hazing in a college fraternity and how two brothers are tested by what goes down behind closed doors. It even has a solid Metacritic score of 65, so you don't need to feel guilty about your motivations for watching.

Goat is out now in US theaters, King Cobra is released October 21, and The Masterpiece arrives early 2017. Check out the trailer for Goat above, and have your say in the poll.

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