James Franco is hooking up his film professor. He's agreed to produce and star in The Stare for writer-director-Franco's teach Jay Anania.

The film definitely sounds like something that an NYU film professor would hatch. Winona Ryder stars as a playwright who begins to lose her mind. She can't decide whether or not she's the star of an elaborate drama or simply going cuckoo bananas. Given that it's Ryder, I think we all know the answer to that.

Franco will play a performer in Ryder's production, but let's expect him to take over writing duties once her mind fully unravels. He'll probably volunteer to help the other actors run lines too. Dude just can't sit in one place. (Deadline)