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James Franco Set for Mountaineer Role in 127 Hours

James Franco is set to star as mountaineer Aron Raltson in 127 HOURS, a man-vs.-nature tale, VARIETY reports.

James Franco is set to star as mountaineer Aron Raltson in 127 HOURS, a man-vs.-nature tale, VARIETY reports.

The film, which is Danny Boyle's follow-up to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, is based on a true-life story about Ralston, who spent five days with his right forearm pinned under a boulder during a climb in May 2003. He eventually amputated the limb with a dull knife, scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before flagging down help.

Boyle is reuniting with Simon Beaufoy, who is writing the script, and producer Christian Colson.

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