Val Lauren and James Franco are spotted on the set of their new film Sal last week in Los Angeles. The 127 Hours star is doing double duty in the film as both actor and director (George Clooney did the same on his film The Ides of March earlier this year).
Sal tells the story of actor Sal Mineo, who achieved fame in 1955 appearing opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Lauren told The Hollywood Reporter that playing Mineo, who was murdered in 1976 at the age of 37, will not be an easy task:
"Sal Mineo himself was an extraordinary and super complex guy. People know him for Rebel Without a Cause, but he was technically the first actor who came out of the closet. He was very brave."