James Franco joining 'General Hospital'

Will appear in lengthy story arc on ABC daytime drama

NEW YORK -- James Franco will guest star on ABC's "General Hospital" for a lengthy story arc in the fall.

The "Pineapple Express" and "Spider-Man" actor will play a mystery person who comes to the soap opera's town of Port Charles. The recurring role will begin Nov. 20 -- to coincide with November sweeps -- and will last about two months.

Executive producer Jill Farren Phelps says it's "an honor that an actor of Franco's caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles."

Franco will star as Allen Ginsberg next year in the film "Howl."