James Franco and Winona Ryder cast in 'The Stare'
Wednesday 20 April 2011
James Franco (
Your Highness) and Winona Ryder (
Black Swan) have signed on for the psychological thriller
The story follows a playwright whose mind is doing tricks on her when she stages a new production. She's unsure if she is paranoid or if her visions of being watched are a plot. Franco portrays an actor in her theatrical production.
The Stare is directed by Jay Anania, who worked with Franco on Shadows & Lies, an independent drama released last year. The production company, Waterstone Entertainment, also plans two projects produced by Franco, including one he will direct, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Franco will next be seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the prequel to the Planet of the Apes series from the 1960s and '70s, co-starring Frieda Pinto and Andy Serkis.
In another origin story redo, Franco will next shoot Oz the Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi ( Spider-Man series) and costars Mila Kunis and Blake Lively.
Ryder, recently seen in Black Swan, will lend her voice to Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, an animated story based on the director's short film about a pet dog who is hit by a car and brought back to life as a monster.
The Stare is set to start production in May for release in 2012.
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