Kristen Stewart In Talks To Join James Franco In ‘JT Leroy,’ Movie About Woman Who Pretended To Be Transgender Man

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Kristen Stewart James Franco Transgender Movie

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Kristen Stewart James Franco Transgender Movie

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Kristen Stewart is in talks to join James Franco in the movie biopic JT Leroy, which tells the true story of a woman named Savannah Knoop, who pretended to be a transgender man and went on to become a famous figure in the literary world.

Stewart’s role in the film has not yet been announced, but the story surrounds Knoop, whose alter ego JT Leroy was used as the real-life subject of a series of books by author Laura Albert. Complicating matters is that Albert used Leroy as her pen name, but Knoop made public appearances as the persona.

Also in talks to co-star in the film is Helena Bonham Carter, while Franco is producing the movie through his company Rabbit Bandini Productions. JT Leroy was written and is set to be helmed by Justin Kelly, who also directed Franco in the 2015 drama I Am Michael, the true story of a gay rights activist who gets “saved” from homosexuality after finding God and religion.

Stewart already has several films slated to be released in 2016, including the sci-fi love story Equals, the thriller Personal Shopper, and a currently untitled Woody Allen movie. The actress is also attached to co-star in a biopic based on real-life axe murderer Lizzie Borden. Meanwhile, JT Leroy is expected to begin filming sometime later this year.


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