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Franco on the King Cobra set

Get your first look at James Franco’s new gay porn drama

King Cobra is based on the real-life murder of producer Bryan Kocis

James Franco has never been afraid of a creative challenge. With the polymath currently juggling a Tommy Wiseau biopic, a Zola stripper adaptation, and a casual lesbian vampire movie, you can only marvel at how he finds the time for it all. 

One of the first projects to arrive this year (there are 16 in total) is a film called King Cobra. Directed by Justin Kelly, it follows the real-life story of porn baron Bryan Kocis, who was murdered in 2007. Franco reportedly produced the film, and is also starring in it as one of Kocis’ “cash-strapped” producer rivals. 

The actor recently divulged a little more about his ‘obsession’ with LGBT-focused stories, telling FourTwoNine Magazine that he was, in fact, part gay. “I’m gay in my art and straight in my life,” he explained. “Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight.”

King Cobra – which also features Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, and Alicia Silverstone – will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival later this month, though EW has been granted exclusive access to the first clip. Watch below, or read more about the project on the TFF website here