James Franco Will Return for ‘The Deuce’ Season 2 After Sexual Misconduct Accusations

HBO series writer Megan Abbott says “of course” actor is coming back

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James Franco is headed back for season 2 of “The Deuce.” But according to Megan Abbott, a writer for the HBO series, it looks like his status on the show was never in doubt.

Abbott told Entertainment Tonight at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday that Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct following his Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy win at the Golden Globes last month, would “of course” return for the show’s second season.

The accusations were posed against Franco by five women in a Los Angeles Times expose published in January. After the news broke, “The Deuce” creator David Simon released a statement saying that Franco was “entirely professional as an actor, director and producer.”

The series, which centers around the beginnings of the porn industry, stars Franco as twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino. Franco also executive produces the series and directed two episodes of its freshman season, which ended last October.

HBO did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Franco’s involvement in “The Deuce” Season 2.