James Franco’s ‘The Sound and the Fury’ – first look

'This is the End' actor co-stars in latest directorial effort with Seth Rogen and Danny McBride

James Franco’s latest directorial effort The Sound and the Fury will premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month. A series of first look images have been released, featuring Franco and co-stars Seth Rogen and Danny McBride.

Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, Franco’s film will “capture the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune”.

Considered to be one of the 20th-century’s greatest literary works, The Sound and the Fury “encapsulates the universal theme of the death of honour, social injustice and forbidden love”.

James Franco will be awarded the ‘Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker’ prize at the festival, which is awarded for “an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema”. Franco is to be recognised for his work as “a relentless ‘manufacturer’ of cultural imagery”.

Franco has previously adapted Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying for the screen and also starred in the 2013 film.

Franco appeared alongside McBride and Rogen in This is the End and reunites with Rogen for The Interview. The comedy, due in cinemas this Christmas, features the pair as talkshow hosts who bag an exclusive chat with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. But their primetime TV plans change when the CIA recruits them to assassinate the leader.