Los Angeles - James Franco will play a gay activist
in a biopic on Michael Glatze.
The 35-year-old actor - who is currently starring in
Broadway's Of Mice and Men - will help tell the story
of the co-founder of Young Gay America magazine,
who made headlines after he renounced his
homosexuality and turned to religion following a
health scare, reports the New York Post newspaper.
Glatze turned toward Christianity after he began
having heart palpitations which made him
concerned he'd suffer from the same condition
which affected his father, but it turned out to be due
to anemia, caused by Coeliac disease.
The $3.5 million film is being produced by Gus Van
Sant and set to start shooting in New York in July.
Franco has played several gay men previously
including his role in 2008's Milk where he starred as
Scott Smith, alongside Sean Penn who played titular
character Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and
The hunk was also in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey
Friedman-directed Howl, released in 2010, as Allen
Ginsberg, a central figure of the Beat Generation.