The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off today, and true to form, James Franco has more than one movie showing in it (two to be exact). One of those films is King Cobra, based on the true story of Bryan Kocis, who founded the gay porn studio Cobra Video, and was later murdered by two male escorts. Franco plays a rival producer, and stars alongside names like Alicia Silverstone, Christian Slater, and Molly Ringwald. Above is a photo of Franco on set. Franco recently opened up about his “obsession” with homosexuality to Rolling Stone, telling the magazine: “When I was studying at NYU, I took classes in critical studies, and one of my favorites was on queer cinema. We’re told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials—everywhere. I think it’s healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives. That’s what an artist should do.”
That might also help to explain Franco’s so-called “lesbian vampire movie,” which is a remake of the cult TV movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? that will feature its original star Tori Spelling (you read that right). That movie premieres on Lifetime on June 18. As for King Cobra, it has yet to secure an official release date, but if you happen to be in New York, here’s where and when you can catch it at the Tribeca Film Festival.