Jonah Hill and James Franco will star in True Story

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Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt worked together on Moneyball, and though the movie didn’t win any Oscars last night, it forged a good working relationship for the two actors. Hill has just been set to star with James Franco in a film called True Story, which Pitt and his Plan B Productions will produce, about real-life journalist Michael Finkel. Read on for more about the plot, which is hard to believe actually happened.

Rupert Goold is making his feature directorial debut on the project, and no start date has been set yet. Deadline does a great job summing up the story:

Hill will play Finkel, who was a writer at The New York Times Magazine in 2002 when he learned that Christian Longo was captured in Mexico after a long stint on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List for killing his family. The strange part was that he had been living under the identity of Finkel. The very next day, the real Finkel was fired by the editors of The New York Times, right after they ran an editor’s note declaring that he had falsified parts of an investigative article. His career seemed over, until Longo (who’ll be played by Franco) declared that the real Finkel was the only journalist he would talk to. That led to a surreal relationship with the accused murderer who was trying to declare his innocence.

Sounds nuts, right? Seeing Franco as a potentially wild alleged killer and Hill as the straight man journalist could be a great combination, and I’m hoping this project comes to fruition sooner rather than later. How about you? Do you think True Story has potential?

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