First Looks: James Franco in 127 Hours & Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 11:20 am,

James Franco 127 Hours 1 First Looks: James Franco in 127 Hours & Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball

Today we’ve got first looks of Philip Seymour Hall in the baseball movie Moneyball and James Franco in the mountaineering dramatization 127 Hours.

The images appeared online yesterday and give us an early glimpse at the two eagerly-anticipated dramas.

James Franco and Danny Boyle are a team nearly impossible for the unabashed movie geek in me to resist. For a moment allow me to drop the professional distance and tell you that I want to make love to Danny Boyle and give birth to incredible short films. And before you say anything – allow me to correct you – yes, that is the way it works.

I have followed the director’s career since Shallow Grave left me simultaneously stunned and electrified. When it comes to Boyle, I don’t pick favorites, but he has yet to make a film that I have not enjoyed on some level. Yes, yes I know what you’re going to say – and let’s leave A Life Less Ordinary out of it. I did add the caveat on some level.

Take a look at the first images of Franco in Boyle’s 127 Hours. The film is the story of American mountain climber Aaron Ralston’s harrowing five days tapped beneath a bolder near Moab, Utah and his subsequent forced self-amputation.

James Franco 127 Hours 2 First Looks: James Franco in 127 Hours & Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball

Franco certainly has the same boyish optimism and charisma as Ralston – as evidenced by his turn as the quintessential bad boy with the heart of gold and head of steel in televisions Freaks and Geeks. I am not generally a fan of dramatizations and have some difficulty wrapping my mind around a film where the main character is trapped under a rock for the majority of the time. However the combination of James Franco and Danny Boyle  will likely be enough to put my butt in a seat. Add Lizzy Caplan and stir and they pretty much have my ten dollars.

We’ve also got the first image of Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball based on the non-fiction book of the same title.

The Playlist uncovered the picture from the film’s Facebook page and, judging by what we see, Hoffman will not merely rely on physical similarity for his portrayal of Oakland A’s manager Art Howe. The Film takes a look at the Oakland A’s strategy to contend against far more moneyed competitors on a playing field where money became the greatest, and some felt only way, to carve a course to victory.

Though I am not an avid sports fan a good sports movie is impossible to resist. From Bull Durham to The Natural there is something about the purity of the love, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and/or corruption, that gets me every time.  The film has a powerhouse of talent on the roster (pun intended): Capote director Bennett Miller will helm the film with Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Hoffman, Robin Wright Penn, Chris Pratt, and Kathryn Morris rounding out the cast.

127 Hours hits theaters in November while Moneyball is set for a 2011 release.

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  1. hmm, might be in teresting to have a look at when it comes out, personally, my two favorite boyles films are shallow grave and trainspotting

    • I actually do pick favorites too :) What I had meant was that not all of his films are my favorite films ever – but I pretty much always appreciate him. I love Shallow Grave it holds a very special place for me. Something I love about him as a filmmaker is his willingness to stretch and experiment. There was a lot about 28 Days Later that I really liked. And I for one loved Slumdog I was happy to see it won an Academy Award.


      • oh i got what you meant lol :) just that those two, man, i honestly dont think he will film anything as powerful as those two films were. hell hardly anyone does these days

  2. i have a few things to point out (not that i should be taken seriously)

    1. i love Danny Boyle but i think Trainspotting is really overrated. the first half is no story, just drugged up nonsence that you can see in any film out of the 60s. the second half storyline was alright and good ending but the directing was half/ass and the acting could have been better.

    2. i’m still young so i dont remeber all the details about the Media circus that was this guy cutting off his arm. But i do know that having already experienced mountian climbing and hiking all my life i had a few questions about this guy. 1. why was he hiking alone and didnt tell anyone where he was going? 2. was he hiking on a path or just randomly in the wood? a path would have people coming by every few hours if not 3-4 days. 3. why did he get trapped, was he doing something stupid and fell?

    this guy was brave for doing what he had to do to survive, i give him that, but he should have known better in the first place to not get himself in a situation like that.

    but maybe theres more to the story that i’m seeing and this movie will shine a light on those points. i will be seeing this movie when it comes out for love of the Boyle and Franco, and to see if this guy really was acting as dumb as i think he was.

  3. Shallow Grave is spectacular. Man, I haven’t watched that in years but it stayed with me for days after I saw it.

    @nowheredan- I agree in regards to Trainspotting but I think the problem was that by the time I finally got around to seeing it there was no way it was going to compete with how much my friends had hyped it up. Still loved all of the performances in it though.

    And Lizzy Caplan… *sigh* =-)

  4. Sweet. Can’t wait to see both.

  5. me pareciio espectacular ♥ lo amo con mi ♥ I love ♥ I am froom argentina

  6. James Franco does act at his best