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James Franco to star in post-WWII drama 'Me, You'

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James Franco will join Tom Hollander and Daisy Jacob in Bille August's new film "Me, You." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/c4df7d9a10a0c69d5ad0e217bad62405/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
James Franco will join Tom Hollander and Daisy Jacob in Bille August's new film "Me, You." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

July 12 (UPI) -- James Franco has joined the cast of the new film Me, You.

The 44-year-old actor will have a leading role in Me, You, a post World War II-drama from Danish director Bille August.

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Franco will star with Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) and Daisy Jacob (Vanity Fair).

Me, You is based on the Erri De Luca novel Tu, Mia, a coming-of-age drama that takes place in the Italian island of Ischia in the 1950s.

The story follows Marco, a 16-year-old on break from his Scottish boarding school who befriends Nicola (Franco), a U.S. soldier-turned-fisherman who regales Marco with tales of war and oceans.

Marco then meets the mysterious Caia (Jacob), a 20-year-old whose childhood was stolen by the SS. Marco plans to avenge Caia by attacking a group of German tourists.

"I am excited to board this phenomenal project and to be working with the legendary Bille August," Franco said. "I'm a huge fan of his work, and Me, You is a truly brilliant script.

Me, You marks one of Franco's first projects since he agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle his sexual misconduct lawsuit. The actor will also star in The Long Home and Mace.

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