David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd have joined James Franco in the biopic Howl, based on the life of beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg.
Among the real-life characters featured in the film are prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn), Judge Clayton Horn (Alda), prosecution witness Professor David Kirk (Daniels), radio personality and prosecution witness Gail Potter (Parker) and literary critic and defense witness Luther Nichols (Rudd).
Gus Van Sant is executive producing the project.
Graphic novelist and Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker will create an animated reimagining of "Howl" (in segments Epstein describes as "a Beat Fantasia") and Carter Burwell will write the original score.
No production date has been set.