Nat Wolff, who stars this summer in Fox’s John Green adaptation Paper Towns, has just been cast as the lead in the James Franco-directed In Dubious Battle, based on the 1936 Steinbeck novel. He will join an impressive cast that includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris and Bryan Cranston. Set in the 1930s, the central figure of the story is Jim Nolan (Wolff), an activist for “the Party” who is organizing a major strike by apple pickers in California, seeking thus to attract followers to his cause.
The film marks the second time Wolff and Franco have teamed up. They also worked together on 2013’s Palo Alto, the Gia Coppola-directed film based on Franco’s collection of short stories.
Paper Towns will be Wolff’s second collaboration with Fox, Green and Temple Hill, following his supporting turn in The Fault In Our Stars from Fox 2000, which was one of the big profitmakers of last summer with a total worldwide box office take of $306.5M (with $124.8M coming from domestic audiences). He also will be seen opposite Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which will get its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Wolff is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.