Franco to star in Mapplethorpe movie

While she mulls her next TV or movie project, Eliza Dushku is pressing ahead with a biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe. According to the Hollywood Reporter, James Franco will star as the controversial photographer who died of AIDS in 1989. Ondi Timoner, who made the rock ’n’ roll documentary “Dig!’’ is set to direct. Dushku, who grew up in Watertown, is producing with her brother Nate and Miles Levy.