Newswire: Courtney Love and Giancarlo Esposito head to James Franco’s south

The latest directorial effort in James Franco’s Southern phase, an adaptation of William Gay’s prize-winning debut The Long Home, has landed another big personality in the form of Courtney Love. The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson is already attached as protagonist Nathan Winer, a young carpenter who is hired to work for his father’s murderer, Satanic business tycoon Dallas Hardin. In the process, Winer falls in love with the daughter of a local man, Thomas Hovington, who Hardin is grooming to be a prostitute.

Tim Blake Nelson—an official member of the James Franco BFF Club, as this marks his seventh collaboration with Franco—will play Hovington. Love, who recently completed a recurring run on Empire and was a major part of the recent HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, is set to play Pearl, Hovington’s wife.

The indie film—which Franco will direct, produce and …

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