James Franco Facing Off Against Jason Statham in <i>Homefront</i>

Sylvester Stallone keeps bringing big stars together. The man behind the ensemble Expendables films penned a script based on Chuck Logan's novel Homefront that's set to star Jason Statham. According to The Hollywood Reporter, though, Statham will be joined by a movie star in his own right, James Franco.

Gary Fleder, who directed The CW's Beauty and the Beast pilot, is set to helm the film, which follows the exploits of a former DEA agent who moves his family to a small town only to stumble across a huge meth ring. Statham will play hero Phil Broker while Franco will fill the shoes of Gator, the town's drug kingpin.

Here's the official book synopsis from Logab's website:

The daughter of ex-cop Phil Broker and ex-army major/anti-terrorist operative Nina Pryce, Kit Broker is no ordinary eight-year-old. She has seen more -- and survived more -- than most grown-ups. And now she has inadvertently invited a nightmare into the lives of those she loves.

Phil Broker and his family moved to tiny Glacier Falls, Minnesota, to heal from the psychological wounds they received while helping to avert an inhuman act of terror. But young Kit chose the wrong adversary when she triumphed over local schoolyard bully Teddy Klumpe -- for the boy's disreputable clan does unholy business from the darkest shadows of their small town . . . and they do not forgive. What begins as a minor feud between neighbors quickly escalates into a major offensive of intimidation, destruction, fear . . . and death. And the worst is yet to come -- because terror has come home.

Filming for Homefront is set to begin Sept. 24 in New Orleans.

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