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

I Am Michael
Austin Hargrave

I Am Michael's James Franco photographed at The Hollywood Reporter photobooth at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 24, 2015.

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.