James Franco pulls out of Broadway show

James Franco, 33, was scheduled to make his Broadway debut later this year playing Chance Wayne in a revival of Tennessee Williams’s 1959 play Sweet Bird of Youth. However, he has dropped out the production, which was to co-star Nicole Kidman in the role of Princess Kosmonopolis. Franco’s publicist Robin Baum confirmed the news Monday but did not give a reason. The play’s director, David Cromer, told the New York Times yesterday that because of Franco’s decision, the revival will not happen this fall and may not even be part of the 2011/2012 Broadway season. Franco is studying to earn a doctorate in English at Yale and can currently be seen starring on the big screen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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  1. anonymous2 • August 31, 2011 @ 1:18 PM

    That’s nice for the people hired that no longer have a job.He should figured he bit off more than he can chew.

  2. really? • August 31, 2011 @ 5:28 PM

    And they can’t get anyone else who wants to star on Broadway?? People make decisions all the time, and good for him if it’s for earning a higher education.

  3. Andrea • September 1, 2011 @ 12:28 AM

    There are a lot of actors I would much rather see on Broadway than him, I’m sure they could find someone way better than him in about a day.

  4. Germain • September 1, 2011 @ 7:17 AM

    @Andrea, when was the last time you saw a show on Broadway?

  5. Germain • September 1, 2011 @ 8:44 AM

    Franco is an Oscar nominated actor for 127 hours which was greatly deserved, he gave a great performance. He would be great on Broadway.

  6. C-Dub • September 1, 2011 @ 2:12 PM

    Franco is trying his hand at everything, from film, to TV (see 30 Rock when he was in love with a Japanese love pillow lol) and soap operas on tv, and award shows (failure), and I don’t know about singing yet, but Broadway is a step. He is building a resume and is an ‘A’ list wanted actor. He obviously has a personal life so to get a higher education, that is good for him! Maybe he is realizing having a hectic work schedule and school and such takes it toll and he needs to pick and choose which is most important right now.
    I’m sure broadway can find someone else to star with Nicole Kidman.

  7. Andrea • September 3, 2011 @ 8:54 AM

    Actually Germain, I saw Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business without Trying this past July. And he was amazing, btw, if anyone wants to see it with him in it, his contract ends in December so go now!

  8. Jo-Anne • September 5, 2011 @ 1:27 AM

    I’m with Germaine on this one…but believe Radcliffe would be worth the ticket as well…

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