James Franco is headed to Broadway (video)

The Hollywood polymath tells Stephen Colbert about his upcoming stage turn in Of Mice and Men.

James Franco on The Colbert Report

James Franco on The Colbert Report

It seems that James Franco is going to be adding another epithet to his already long list: Broadway actor. On Tuesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report, the Oscar nominee told Stephen Colbert that he’s going to be starring in an upcoming Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, marking Franco's professional stage debut.

Though no other details are known about the production, Franco said that he’ll be playing the role of George, a Depression-era farmhand who keeps an eye on his mentally unstable pal, Lennie. The stage adaptation, penned by Steinbeck himself, originally ran on the Great White Way in 1937, the same year the novel was published. The last time it was on Broadway was 1974, in a production starring Kevin Conway and James Earl Jones.

Check out the video of the interview below, in which Franco also discusses his new flick, Oz the Great and Powerful, and nerds out about The Lord of the Rings. He also tries to talk Colbert into playing Slim in Of Mice, and Colbert offers his take on the classic tale: “Spoiler alert—it’s sad.”