First Look at James Franco's Cannes Entry 'As I Lay Dying'

Jim Parrack and James Franco in As I Lay Dying
Jim Parrack and James Franco in As I Lay Dying

Seeing James Franco's As I Lay Dying as one of the films included in the Un Certain Regard selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was a bit of a surprise, largely because Franco's films so far have had the appearance of low budget, experimental pet projects. But, as the first picture above helps conclude, this one is clearly more than that.

As I Lay Dying is based on the 1930 classic by William Faulkner, telling the story of the death of Addie Bundren (Beth Grant) and her family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Pictured above is Franco as Darl Bundren, Addie's second oldest son, and "True Blood" star Jim Parrack as Cash Bundren, Addie's eldest son. Additional members of the cast include Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green, Ahna O'Reilly and Tim Blake Nelson.

This will likely be one of the more anticipated films going into the festival merely out of curiosity. I know I'm interested in seeing how it turned out.

For the complete 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup click here. I will be covering the fest from May 15-25 thanks in large part to generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readership.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Cool title, that deserves a point if nothing else

  • Fan

    I haven't read the novel yet, which I plan too, but I'm interested about this film.

    • sofasobad

      The book is absolutely brilliant, so good you think nobody can do it justice on the screen.

      • Fan

        I'm sorry what? I said I was interested about the film.

      • lalecture

        I havent read the book, but the buzz around this film makes me curious. What in your mind, makes it brilliant?

  • AdamsLostApple

    I can't be the only person who glanced at that picture and thought it was from the film Lawless. It'll be interesting to see what Franco's take is on the story. Will there be a crazy spin or interpretation. It may be more surprising if it straightforward...