James Franco To Play Mapplethorpe

James Franco is attached to star in a dramatic feature about controversial gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe says The Hollywood Reporter.

Mapplethorpe created large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men. Its frank homoeroticism caused controversy and arguments over what defines obscene. Mapplethorpe died of AIDS in 1989.

The project has received grants through the ninth annual Tribeca All Access Program. Documentary helmer Ondi Timoner (“We Live in Public”) directs and produces with Nate Dushku, Miles Levy and Eliza Dushku.