James Franco in Talks for Starring Role in ‘The Game’

MGM movie is based on the bestselling book by Neil Strauss

James Franco is in early talks for a starring role in "The Game," the MGM movie based on Neil Strauss' New York Times bestseller about picking up women, TheWrap has confirmed.

 Strauss documented his experiences in "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists," which was released by Regan Books in 2005. Franco's role would be as Mystery, who taught Strauss how to become a pick-up artist.

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"The Game" is directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, both of whom worked on the screenplay. Writers D.B. Weiss (HBO's "Game of Thrones"), and Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky — the Emmy-nominated writer-producers of NBC's "The Office" — also worked on the project.

Paul Schiff, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz are producing "The Game."

Franco is represented by CAA and James/Levy Management.