Three hunky actors have got Milk this morning, landing roles in the biopic based on the life of Harvey Milk. He was America’s first openly gay elected official, assassinated in 1978. (His killer launched the infamous “Twinkie defense,” arguing that exposure to the Hostess treat rendered him powerless to stop himself from the dramatic shooting spree.) Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild It boy), Josh “Thrashin’” Brolin (when did Barb Streisand’s stepson step out of B roles and become a Big Hollywood Actor with American Gangster and No Country for Old Men roles this year?) and James Franco (Spiderman’s former bff-turned-Green Goblin) will star with Sean Penn. Gus Van Sant is directing.
Brolin will play Dan White, the rival politician and supervisor who shot Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to death at City Hall. Hirsch has been cast as gay rights activist Cleve Jones, an intern and close ally of Milk’s, who went on to found the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Franco will play Scott Smith, Milk’s lover and campaign manager.