Last week, we shared our excitement for James Franco’s next grand undertaking, the cinematic adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Set to premiere at Cannes in just a few days, we now have a first look at the feature with a brief but powerful trailer. Starring Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, Danny McBride, Ahna O’Reilly, Beth Grant, and Jesse Heiman, the 1930-set southern drama will tell Faulkner’s classic story about a Mississippi family’s journey to bury their mother.
Speaking to the project, Franco has expressed
his desire to stay loyal to the original text and the necessity of changing elements in the adpatation process in order to honor that—and it appears that his faithfulness has paid off. Although it’s hard to gage the scope of the entire film from the text-heavy trailer, it’s definitely an interesting film look at Franco’s largest directorial effort to date.
See for yourself below and stay tuned for more on the film—we’re keeping a close eye on this one.