Almost four years after James Franco’s Zeroville was acquired at the Toronto Film Festival by the now-defunct distributor Alchemy, the film adapted from Steve Erickson’s novel now has a trailer and a new lease on life. After being tied up in Alchemy’s bankruptcy wranglings, the film directed by and starring Franco along with a strong ensemble was picked up by digital content distribution system myCinema and now will hit theaters in the U.S. and Canada on September 20.
Franco plays Vikar, a lost soul journeying through Hollywood 1969, a land of myths, beauty and monsters. The studio system is in decay, and a new generation of brash filmmakers are on the rise. With his shaved head marked by a tattoo from his favorite film, 1951’s A Place in the Sun, Vikar is a bizarre presence even amid the dreamers and players. He finds work first building sets, then as an apprentice editor (Jacki Weaver plays his mentor) obsessed with wielding the power of moving images.
As his involvement in the creative process deepens, so does Vikar’s fascination with a tragic screen goddess named Soledad (Megan Fox). Together they discover just how hard it is to live in the blurred boundary between reality and illusion.
The cast also includes Seth Rogen, Joey King, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson.
Paul Felton & Ian Olds adapted Erickson’s book, and the pic was produced by Michael Mendelsohn, Vince Jolivette and Caroline Aragon.
Check out the trailer above.
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