First Trailer For James Franco’s The Broken Tower

James Franco is without a doubt different. Some might only know him from his work in Spider-Man or Pineapple Express, but he’s an actor with great range. His most recent piece of work that showed off his talent was 127 Hours. In the film he played real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston who got caught between two rocks and had to amputate his own arm.

His latest project The Broken Tower is something he not only stars in, but he also wrote and directed it. The film is an experimental telling of poet Hart Crane and Franco will be playing the leading role of Crane. Also starring in the film is Michael Shannon.

The first trailer is short and it features tons of handheld quick cuts showing Franco in front of various locations. I like the stylized approach he’s taking for this film. Hopefully the film does a fine job of displaying Franco’s talent not just as an actor, but as a filmmaker and writer.

The Broken Tower is out on VOD right now and scheduled for a DVD release on March 27th, 2012.

Check out the trailer below.


From Focus World and director/star James Franco, a film about visionary poet Hart Crane, who lived a life of beauty, passion, and tragedy. Hart Crane was one of the most important voices in American poetry – but lived a life with as much turmoil as passion. From his early life to his journeys from New York, Cuba, and Paris, Crane’s story and that of the loves that defined him is told with imaginative empathy, and with a no holds barred performance – in a film as introspective, rebellious, heartbreaking, and honest as Crane himself.

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