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Megan Fox, Seth Rogen join James Franco in 'Zeroville'

Megan Fox, Seth Rogen join James Franco in 'Zeroville'
Megan Fox, recent star of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," will join James Franco's adaptation of the novel "Zeroville." (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

As James Franco has Instagrammed, he's at work on "Zeroville," the film adaptation of the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson. Now Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Horatio Sanz, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson and Joey King have joined the cast, Deadline reports.

Franco is starring as Vikar, a late '60s counterculture Chauncey Gardiner with a thing for old movies. As a book, the story is movie-obsessed: Vikar has a tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on his bald head and a native gift for film editing. As a film, it'll be kind of meta.

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In addition to starring, Franco is directing. He has been Instagramming from the set: Here he is with head tattoo, directing Will Farrell and with Megan Fox.

In "Zeroville," Vikar lands in Los Angeles by bus, eddies through its sleazier side of Hollywood, is mistaken for a Manson family hanger-on, and is discovered to be a gifted film editor. It is among Erickson's lightest books, which include "These Dreams of You," "Tours of the Black Clock," and "Our Ecstatic Days."

In 2008, Erickson, the L.A.-based author and film critic at Los Angeles Magazine, told The Times about how he sees the city: "There's something about driving or riding through L.A. after sundown, when the Utopian city goes into hiding and another city comes out. .. an L.A. that's constantly in transformation, a mind-scape of moving parts, which certainly is the L.A. I've written about."

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