James Franco up for lead in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours
127 Hours is Danny “Slumdog Millionaire” Boyle’s new film, based on the inspirational true story of Aaron Ralston – a mountaineer who lost his arm in an accident whilst climbing in a canyon in Utah in 2003. After a loose boulder fell and trapped his arm against a rock wall, he was stuck there for, well… 127 hours. Finally taking matters into his own hands, he decided the only way he’d get out alive would be by – brace yourselves – hacking off his own arm with a blunt knife before making his way down the 65 foot wall and hiking his way to safety, minus a limb. Nowadays, Ralston lives with a prosthetic arm and a hell of a story to tell the grand-kids.
Production Weekly have reported that James Franco (Spider-Man 2, Pineapple Express), a regular on US soap opera General Hospital, has been cast as Ralston. This should be a challenging but fruitful role for Franco, who’s better known for his comedy stylings – he was chuffin’ hilarious as the Green Goblin. With no news yet as to whether it’ll be a one-man show, everyone is anticipating big things from the film. Boyle and his Slumdog Millionaire co-writer Simon Beaufoy are currently writing the script and filming is set to begin this March.