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Leighton Meester to Make Broadway Debut with James Franco | Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester to Make Broadway Debut with James Franco

Originally posted 12/09/2013 10:45AM

From gossip to literature.

Former Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester will make her Broadway debut next year as a beautiful temptress in the revival of Of Mice and Men.

Producers said Monday that Meester will join James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the story about an unlikely friendship between two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression.

The story by John Steinbeck centers on big-dreaming George and the mentally challenged Lennie. Meester, who starred in the film Country Strong, will play the wife of a ranch boss who fascinates Lennie – "she's purty," he tells his friend – and endangers their fates.

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James Franco and Chris O'Dowd: Broadway's Next Big Bromance?

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd: Broadway's Next Big Bromance?

Originally posted 10/18/2013 11:15AM

Broadway could be getting a high-wattage dose of brotherly love next spring, as James Franco and Chris O'Dowd are likely to star together in Of Mice and Men.

It would mark the Broadway debut both for Franco, 35, and O'Dowd, 34, the Irish actor who shot to fame as Kristen Wiig's policeman love interest in Bridesmaids and as Thomas John on Girls.

Franco, an Oscar nominee for 127 Hours, has officially signed on to play George, while O'Dowd is still in negotiations to play his mentally limited brother Lennie, reports the New York Times.

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