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James Franco and Kristen Stewart
Photography David Sherry (l), Josh Olins (r)

James Franco and Kristen Stewart to star in JT LeRoy biopic

The actor has signed on to the film adaptation of Girl Boy It: How I Became JT LeRoy (as if he wasn’t already busy enough)

James Franco has been cast alongside Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter in a new biopic on JT LeRoy.

Based on the novel Girl Boy It: How I Became JT LeRoy, the film will follow the tangled and fascinating story of Laura Albert – the author known for creating her own fake, trans male alter ego.

Writing under the name Jeremiah “Terminator” LeRoy, Albert published her first bestseller (The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things), before hiring actress Savannah Knoop to assume the persona in public. She was eventually exposed in 2006, when Stephen Beachy of New York Magazine revealed the elaborate set-up as a hoax. Albert was consequently charged with fraud.

“It was created the way an oyster creates a pearl: out of irritation and suffering,” Albert told the San Franciso Bay Guardian at the time. “It was an attempt to try to heal something. And it actually worked, and it did so for a lot of other people... It's OK with me if someone doesn't like my writing. But they shouldn't try to tell me how I'm obliged to present my work.”

It is unclear at the moment who will play which roles, though production is pencilled to begin this year. However, given the amount of projects Franco currently has on the go – including the Zola stripper story, the Mother May I Sleep With Danger? remake, the HBO porn drama, and his long-awaited turn as Tommy Wiseau – you can only wonder how he’ll find the time.