James Franco Casts His Sal Mineo

james_franco_tmi_120-1.jpgLost in all the James Franco-ness of James Franco is the fact that he's actually a budding director. Franco has hired newcomer Val Lauren to play Sal Mineo in his feature directorial debut Sal, which is set to begin filming this summer. The erstwhile Oscar host also hopes to direct The Broken Tower with Michael Shannon, which is currently in development as well. [THR]


  • Rick says:

    Wow. Val Lauren's back. Good for him.
    Dude was cast as one of the three leads in The Pacific, then was replaced by Jon Seda at the last minute. He was already in boot camp in Australia when it happened, and his casting had been announced in the press. Glad to see him get another shot. Must have really sucked.