James Franco adds another project to his already stuffed slate with Cherry, an indie to-be-directed by Stephen Elliott, who is best known as the author of “The Adderall Diaries” (which Franco himself optioned for an adaptation). Elliot will be making his directorial debut with the film, which he wrote for the screen with Lorelei Lee.
The story follows a troubled 18-year-old who moves to San Francisco, where she enters the porn industry and becomes involved with a cocaine-addicted lawyer, who will be played by Franco. Heather Graham returns to porn-centric pics years after her turn as the Rollergirl in Boogie Nights, as she’ll play a former porn star-turned director who becomes a bit obsessed with the young girl (sounds kinky, don’t it?). Dev Patel will portray the girl’s best friend who also happens to be in love with her, while Lili Taylor will play her alcoholic mother.
The only part that hasn’t yet been cast is that of the girl, who I assume is named Cherry. Not sure what direction the production is taking, but after being naked for most of Julia Leigh’s contemporary Sleeping Beauty update, Emily Browning might be a good choice for the role. As for the film itself, it sounds kinda boring. I don’t see how far a narrative like this can go, so my guess is that it’s more of a character study than anything else. In those terms, it could be an interesting little flick, but I need to know more about it until I can get excited.