James FrancoJames Franco is in talks to play the title character in 'Ricky Stanicky,' a new comedy from writer Jeff Bushell ('Beverly Hills Chihuahua'), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The ensemble comedy, which was just picked up by Summit, follows three teens who put the blame on a fake identity -- Ricky Stanicky -- after they accidentally burn down a house in their neighborhood. The trio wind up using the alibi through their adulthood, and when their wives finally demand to meet Ricky, they're forced to hire an actor (Franco) to play him.

Franco, who recently appeared in the spring release 'Date Night,' can next be seen in the romantic saga 'Eat, Pray, Love,' starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts.
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