Berlin: James Franco Leads Ensemble Cast for Steinbeck Adaptation 'In Dubious Battle'

Austin Hargrave

Writer Matt Rager adapted the feature screenplay based on the novel.

James Franco has assembled an all-star cast that includes Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride for his adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel In Dubious Battle.

AMBI Group — the movie development, finance, production and distribution group owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi — is financing the film and producing with Rabbit Bandini Productions and That's Hollywood Pictures.

Writer Matt Rager (As I Lay Dying) adapted the feature screenplay based on the novel.

 Principal photography on the film will commence in March.

The movie continues Franco's fascination with Steinbeck; the actor-turned-filmmaker recently made his Broadway debut with a revival of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

The novel, published in 1936, is the story of man who tries to organize a strike by fruit pickers in Southern California.

AMBI will introduce the project in Berlin and handle international sales. AMBI will co-represent the film's domestic rights with CAA.