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12.05.07 283 Comments

Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and James Franco are all in final negotiations to star alongside old Weisbecker chum Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s Harvey Milk biopic, Milk

Harvey Milk was the openly gay San Francisco city supervisor who was assassinated in 1978 by political rival Dan White.  

Brolin will play the rival, Dan White, who shot both Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to death at City Hall. Hirsch has been cast as Milk’s political ally Cleve Jones, a gay-rights activist who went on to found the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Franco will play Scott Smith, Milk’s lover and campaign manager. [Yahoo/Hollywood Reporter]

It’s a little sad because Bryan Singer and Chris McQuarrie, the team behind The Usual Suspects have also been attached to a Milk biopic, and for a lot longer than Penn and Van Sant, but all the news of late has been about the Van Sant version.

But what a year for Josh Brolin, huh?  The guy’s already appeared in Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men (when he was cast by accident), In the Valley of Elah, and American Gangster. Good for him – he’s a good actor, and  he probably has some good Karma built up from having Barbra Streisand for a Stepmother.  That must be weird.  I see my stepmom sometimes.  She’s a Bangladeshi boy who came to my house in a wooden crate.  I beg her to read me bedtime stories, but mostly she just whines about being fed. Moms are funny like that.

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