Courtney Love has been cast in The Long Home, the 1940s Tennessee-set drama based on William Gay’s debut 1999 novel that James Franco is directing and producing. Josh Hutcherson is already attached to the pic, rejoining Franco after they also teamed for the John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle.
Long Home centers on a young carpenter (Hutcherson) forced to work for the man responsible for his father’s murder years ago and who falls for Thomas Hovington’s daughter, who the murderer is trying to groom as a prostitute. Love will play Pearl, Hovington’s wife, who is forced to deal with the rapid changes in her life and her world at great personal sacrifice.
Love, who just did a fun arc on Fox’s Empire and is also a chunk of the new Brett Morgen documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck that premieres tonight on HBO — is in Ohio now for production. She is repped by UTA.