James Franco is currently starring in the big screen adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1930 novel, “As I Lay Dying.” An officially trailer for the film has been released in advance of its Cannes Premiere courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. The film adaptation was also written and directed by Franco and stars Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Beth Grant, Logan Marshall-Green and Ahna O’Reilly.
The novel, widely acknowledged as one of the defining works of American literature, is famous in part for its unique stylization wherein the first person narration shifts between more than a dozen different characters, each offering their stream of consciousness views on the story, which follows the Bundren family as they attempt to honor Addie Bundren’s (Grant) wishes of being buried in her hometown.
“As I Lay Dying” is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th century literature. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949 for his novels prior to that date, with this book being among them. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked the novel 35th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.