Julianne Moore will star with Ken Watanabe and Demian Bichir in Bel Canto, "the long-in-the-works movie adaptation of Ann Patchett's bestselling 2001 novel," Deadline reported, adding that the movie "will be shown with Anthony Weintraub, and Bloom will kick off sales on the pic at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. WME Global is repping U.S. rights." Paul Weitz adapted the screenplay and is directing.
Although he has been making numerous film adaptations of literary classics, James Franco's "newest lead role is in a film based on Neil Strauss's controversial but bestselling memoir/ how-to guide, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists," Indiewire reported. The film is anticipated to be in production in 2017.