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James Franco-Directed Film About Gay Actor Sal Mineo Gets a Trailer: VIDEO


Back in 2011, James Franco directed Sal, a biopic about the late silver screen heartthrob  (and James Dean Rebel co-star) Sal Mineo who in the late 60's became one of the first major actors to come out of the closet, and was murdered in 1976 in West Hollywood. The film, which stars Val Lauren, is finally getting a release on video on demand and iTunes on October 22, and will have a limited theatrical run starting in November.

The film is based on Greg Michaud's book Sal Mineo: A Biography.

Watch teh trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...


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James Franco Casts Actor Val Lauren in Sal Mineo Biopic

James Franco has cast actor Val Lauren to play Sal Mineo in his upcoming biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Lauren The film, tentatively titled Sal, tells the story of the enigmatic actor best known for his appearance opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Produced by Franco's Rabbit Bandini shingle, the film will begin shooting in Los Angeles in early summer.


Mineo, who was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar twice -- in 1955 for Rebel and in 1960 for Exodus -- was murdered in West Hollywood in 1976 at the age of 37. The actor, who was gay, played the part of John "Plato" Crawford in Rebel; Mineo broke ground for his subtle portrayal of a homosexual character.

"Sal Mineo himself was an extraordinary and super complex guy," Lauren tells The Hollywood Reporter. "People know him for Rebel Without a Cause, but he was technically the first actor who came out of the closet. He was very brave."

Lauren is a relative unknown, whose credits include Dallas 362 (2003) and Help, a short film he wrote, directed and produced. He'll also guest star on the season finale of Hawaii Five-0.

The film is being adapted from Sal Mineo: A Biography, by artist and photographer Michael Gregg Michaud, published last November by Random House.


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