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James Franco set to direct Beautiful People

James Franco is set to become a triple threat when he directs, produces and stars in the upcoming film Beautiful People, about the life of hairstylist Jay Sebring.

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If Hollywood seems quiet to you this week, it’s because the stars and filmmakers have all headed to Utah to cover the Sundance Film Festival. The annual festival, founded by Robert Redford in 1985, showcases some of the best in independent film seeking distributors.

In news announced exclusively on Deadline Hollywood on Friday, actor James Franco is taking a turn behind the camera as director and producer on the new film, Beautiful People. The biopic will highlight the life of playboy hairstylist Jay Sebring, and is written by first-time screenwriter Lauren Wild.

Sebring was a Hollywood stylist who unfortunately found himself in the same location as Sharon Tate on the night of the Charles Manson clan murders. He had formerly dated Tate, but they remained friends after their relationship ended and the actress married director Roman Polanski.

Franco is also set to star in the title role about the jet-setting man who was a hit in Hollywood social circles in the 1960s. There is no word yet on when the flick will begin filming.

However, the Oz: The Great and Powerful star is hitting Sundance this year with another film he co-directed, Interior. Leather Bar., as well as Lovelace, which has seen its share of publicity already.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah.

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