James Franco Returning to ‘General Hospital’ in September

“127 Hours” star to reprise his role as an artist/killer in long-term arc

Last Updated: July 27, 2011 @ 9:21 PM

The unstoppable force that is James Franco has signed on for yet another stint on "General Hospital."

The "127 Hours" Oscar nominee will return to the ABC soap opera as artist/murderer Robert "Franco" Frank for a long-term arc that will begin on Sept. 20, the network confirms to TheWrap. This will mark the workaholic actor's fourth run on the daytime drama since 2009.

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Franco's return to the show will come at a point in the "General Hospital" narrative when the object of his character's affection, hired gun Jason Morgan, prepares to marry Samantha McCall (played by Kelly Monaco).

As soap fans wait to find out what kind of havoc Franco will wreak, the rest of the world can concern itself with when Franco — whose films "Sal" and "Cherry" are underway and who will also star in "Oz: The Great and Powerful" — will collapse in exhaustion.

News of Franco's return to "General Hospital" was first reported by TVGuide.com.