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James Franco Is Starring in ‘The Game’ Movie Adaptation, Because of Course

MoviesJames Franco Is Starring in the Movie Adaptation of The Game, Because of Course

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There’s never been a better or more obvious casting choice.

In the slimy world of pickup artists, there is one book-length guide that reigns supreme: Neil Strauss's The Game, a how-to memoir aimed at anyone dreaming of sexual conquest with minimal effort. Published in 2005, The Game popularized seduction methods such as the "neg"—that is, insulting women until they want to have sex with you—and now The Game is being turned into a movie, with none other than James Franco starring as Strauss's wingman, Mystery.

None of this should surprise you, because of course they're making a movie out of this cult favorite and of course it's starring James Franco, who's been making the creepy-horndog rounds for years. (And onscreen, at least, you could say he does it very well.) In a way, it's almost like everything in Franco's life has prepared him to be in this movie—from his film roles (as cradle-robbing soccer coaches, lecherous Florida drug dealers, and Hugh Hefner himself, among others) to his TV roles (as twin ’70s porn stars, among others) to his Instagram behavior, he's been dipping his toes in the waters of horndog creepiness for years now.

It's hard not to imagine movie execs sitting around in a casting meeting and saying, "You know, we really want someone like James Franco. Someone exactly like James Franco. Like, maybe we shouldn't make this movie unless we can get James Franco." Luckily, it appears that James Franco makes approximately 20 movies a year, so he's got room in his schedule for this one. Apparently the movie has been "fast-tracked" and will enter production in 2017. Which is good news, because let's face it—we cannot deny Franco his spirit role for much longer.

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