"There Will Be Blood" star Paul Dano has joined Michael Shannon among the stars of James Franco's directorial project "As I Lay Dying". Joaquin Phoenix and Richard Jenkins are also in talks to join the cast, according to Cinema Blend.
Franco will take a leading role in the movie, an adaptation of the acclaimed William Faulkner novel. According to MTV News, Franco will start shooting this summer.
James Franco has previously worked behind the lens for some short films like "The Clerk's Tale" and "Masculinity & Me". He is also set to direct "The Night Stalker" in which he signs up to take the lead role.