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Breaking News: Film Star James Franco Joining ABC's 'General Hospital'

Breaking News: Film Star James Franco Joining ABC's 'General Hospital'

Film star James Franco joining the cast of ABC’s ‘General Hospital.’

Soaps In Depth confirms Twitter rumors that film star James Franco will be joining the cast of General Hospital. All of this stemmed from last night, when GH star Steve Burton mentioned Franco appearing on GH after he was asked by a fan on Twitter. It only took a few minutes before the tweet was the talk of the message boards.

Jillian Michaels (of The Biggest Loser) first tweet about Franco when she mentioned she was having dinner with friend Vanessa Marcil earlier in the week. When a fan asked for her to pass along a message to Marcil, Michaels returned the tweet, “James Franco is doing 2 months on the show and she would consider going back for that time to work with him.” Later, a fan asked Steve Burton if Franco was coming to GH with Vanessa. Burton replied, “Franco is… don’t know about Vanessa.”

Soaps In Depth reports from their source, the film star “wants to do everything” and would use his role as research for an upcoming film project. The AP reports Franco will play a mysterious character who comes the fictional town of Port Charles. The recurring role will begin on November 20 and will last about two months. Might Franco play the role of the mysterious Vlad Cassadine? GH executive producer Jill Farren Phelps was quoted as saying, “it’s an honor that an actor of Franco’s caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles.”

James Franco got his break in 1999 when he joined the cast of Freaks and Geeks, which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series-Young Ensemble, in 2000. Franco appeared as Jason in the feature film Never Been Kissed in 1999, which led him to more films such as If Tomorrow Comes (2000), Whatever It Takes (2000), James Dean (2001), and probably best known for his portrayal of Harry Osborn in Spiderman 1, 2, and 3 (2002, 2004, 2007). In 2008, Franco appeared in two feature films, Milk and Pineapple Express.

Franco has gained critical acclaim for his work and has been nominated for numerous awards including a Young Artist Award (Freaks and Geeks, 2000), two Teen Choice Awards (Whatever It Takes, 2000; Spiderman 3, 2007), two Screen Actor Guild Awards (James Dean, 2001; Milk, 2009), a Satellite Award (Milk, 2008), four MTV Movie Awards (Spiderman, 2008; Milk, 2009; Pineapple Express, 2009), and a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for his work in the film Pineapple Express. He has won several awards including a Golden Globe in 2002 for James Dean, a Spirit Award in 2009 for Best Supporting Male in Milk, and a Critics Choice Award in 2002 for James Dean and again in 2009 for Milk.

TVSource Magazine will have more on this and Vanessa Marcil’s possible return later today as more information is available.

— Last Updated 10/1/09 at 12:20PM
Editor Omar Nobles & Senior Editor Jack Peyton also contributed to this article.