You know that old expression: Another week, another queer-themed film starring James Franco. It’s sort of true, but don’t think we’re complaining. We love the attention almost as much as he does. The tireless multi-hyphenate entertainer’s resume already includes films centered on such iconic LGBT figures as actors James Dean and Sal Mineo, activist Harvey Milk, poet Hart Crane and his upcoming drama about controversial ex-gay Michael Glatze, and let’s not forget the multitude of homoerotic, nude adventures with his pal Seth Rogen and Interior. Leather Bar, his meta take on the classic thriller Cruising. And here he is again on familiar turf, but the pedigree on his latest is uncommon. Wild Horses is written and directed by Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall, who costars as the estranged father of Franco’s character. Josh Hartnett and Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza and True Blood‘s Jim Parrack round out the cast.
The film’s official synopsis read:
Texas Ranger Samantha Payne (Luciana Duvall) reopens a 15-year-old Missing Persons case, uncovering clues linking a local boy’s death to wealthy family man, Scott Briggs (Robert Duvall). Samantha will stop at nothing to discover the truth even if it means risking her own life.
With the unexpected return of his estranged gay son Ben (Franco), Briggs must find a way to either silence the law for good, or come to terms with the hidden relationship between Ben and the boy that he tried to end years ago.
We love a good gay mystery so here’s hoping this one satisfies. The film will hit theaters June 5 but get a preview with the trailer below.