Last September (10), show bosses announced Kidman's return to Broadway for a revival of the Tennessee Williams play. She previously appeared in David Hare's The Blue Room in 1998.
The actress will portray Alexandra Del Lago, the ageing, drunken movie star played by Geraldine Page in the original 1959 production, which co-starred Paul Newman as her character's lover, gigolo Chance Wayne.
Now Sweet Birth of Youth producer Scott Rudin is said to be in talks with Franco to on the male lead next autumn (11), in the role last played on Broadway by Christopher Walken in 1975, according to Showbiz411.com.
It's been a good week for the actor - his starring role in survival drama 127 Hours has earned him a best actor nomination for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, and he's also been handed the job of co-hosting the 2011 Academy Awards, alongside Anne Hathaway.