In the years since jokes about James Franco's many interests were actually funny, he has done very little to fight back against that public image.
Take the movie "Palo Alto," for example. The movie, directed by Gia Coppola (Francis' granddaughter), is based on the collection of short stories by Franco, and he also has a starring role in the movie as a soccer coach that takes inappropriate interest in one of his teenage players (Emma Roberts).
The first trailer for "Palo Alto" (via Vulture) gives the impression that Franco's short stories have been altered to fit into the format of an ensemble drama with interweaving narratives.
"Palo Alto" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival today, and considering the star power involved, this should see a domestic release sooner or later.