Franco was originally considered for the lead role of Peter Parker in the film version of Spider-Man, but was instead cast in the supporting role of Harry Osborn, the son of the villainous Green Goblin. Both Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004) were very well-received critically and commercially, and Franco has since co-starred with Neve Campbell in The Company (2003).
In 2006, Franco co-starred with Tyrese Gibson in Annapolis and played legendary hero "Tristan" in Tristan & Isolde, a love story also starring English actress Sophia Myles. He received a pilot's license in preparation for an upcoming film, "Flyboys".
James Franco has signed to return in Spider-Man 3, currently scheduled for release in 2007.
Franco has dated actress Marla Sokoloff, with whom he co-starred in the film "Whatever It Takes". He considers painting a strong interest, having attended a private painting school during his teen years.
He is currently dating model Ashley Hartman.
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