Everyone in James Franco's Film 'Palo Alto' is From a Famous Family: Here, See For Yourself
One of James Franco’s 14.5 trillion side projects (estimated) Palo Alto , the short-story-collection-turned-indie-film, has just found a home with Tribeca Film. The company has just acquired the North American rights to the film and it’s looking like a Spring 2014 release is soon to be in the books. The film follows three interweaving stories of teenage angst, lust, and trouble in the suburbs.
Palo Alto has already made waves at the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival — and it’s no surprise considering the project is backed on all angles by big names. Franco penned the stories and stars in the film, but it was adapted, written and directed by Gia Coppola. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tribeca Film had quite a lot to say about the young director’s first major film. Chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore of Tribeca Film stated,"Gia Coppola's auspicious filmmaking debut Palo Alto is an elegant depiction of generational angst and despair, which resonates with realism and restraint."
Franco and Coppola share the project with Emma Roberts, Alex Wolff, Jack Kilmer, Val Kilmer, Chris Messina (swoon!), and Zoe Levin. So essentially, Palo Alto is a mega-pack of Hollywood’s famous families. James Franco and his brother Dave Franco have completely cornered the bushy browed and brooding market. Emma Roberts is the daughter of director Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts.
Alex Wolff’s parents are actress Polly Draper and composer Michael Wolff. Jack Kilmer is a spittin’ image of his father Val Kilmer. And OH DEAR LORD THE COPPOLAS. Gia is the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola, niece of Sofia Coppola and Roman Coppola, cousin of Jason Schwartzman, and, wait for it, NICOLAS CAGE. Can you even imagine what the holidays would be like with these famous clans? Well, we did.
Here’s what it would look like if the people behind Palo Alto were your family and were coming home for the holidays.
Your Stoner Brother Who Just Came Home from His First Year of Art School
James Franco. Duh. Now let's go make these mashed potatoes into something extraordinary.
Your Over-Achieving Little Sister Who Won't Shut Up About Her GPA
We get it Gia Coppola, YOU'RE APPLYING TO BROWN. Now shutty uppy and pass me some carbohydrates and wine. Stat.
Your Uncle Who Always Wears That Stupid Hat
Uncle Val, the hats, Uncle Val!
The Cousin That Still has to Sit at the Kids' Table
Jack Kilmer might be quiet, but he probably has the best weed... and avoids all the grown-up questioning around the dinner table.
Your Hot Cousin Who You Have Nothing in Common With
Oh you're dating like three guys right now? I have no idea what it means to juggle or what in the hell you're supposed to wear to clubs these days. Lord, someone, say something about politics or religion so I don't have to talk to Emma Roberts about Soul Cycle anymore. I DON'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR LIFE. Are you Ke$ha?
Your Older Brother Who Has Hooked Up With All of Your Friends
Yes, Chris Messina is home this weekend, and NO you can't come over for dessert at my house on Christmas Eve, Trish. HE'S MARRIED NOW.
The Family Friend Who is Essentially Family
Alex Wolff might not be related to you, but you're glad he sort of is. Twice as interesting as your own brood and half as awkward to enjoy a meal with. Cheers, brother.
Your Ice Queen Sister-In-Law
Zoe Levin married in, and you'll never know how she really feels about that one. ENJOY YOUR SUFFOCATING TIME TOGETHER.