James Franco to Play Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in Tribeca-Backed Project

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James Franco is attached to star in a dramatic feature about the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, which has been selected as one of the projects to receive grants through the Tribeca Film Institute’s 9th annual Tribeca All Access Program.

Mapplethorpe, in which Franco would play the artist who defied censors and died of AIDS in 1989, is to be the narrative film debut of Ondi Timoner, best known for directing such documentaries as 2009’s We Live in Public. Timoner will also produce the project with Nate DushkuMiles Levy and Eliza Dushku.

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