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OTRC: James Franco to teach class at New York University

James Franco as 'Fabious' in a scene from the 2011 film, 'Your Highness', directed by David Gordon Green ('The Pineapple Express'). Visit the official site to watch the 'Your Highness' trailer. (Universal Pictures)

James Franco is set to teach a third-year graduate course on adapting poetry into short films at New York University later this year.

Franco, a 32-year-old Oscar-nominated actor and Academy Awards co-host has not commented on the matter. He is expected to receive his own master's degree in film production from the school in May and already holds an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University. He is also studying for a Ph.D. in English at Yale University.

"This is the first class he will teach for us," John Tintori, chair of the graduate film department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "James' own work as a director since entering NYU has been based on poems, or about poets, so this is a nice fit for him.. The final project for each student will be to create a short film based on a poem."

Franco has directed and co-written two short films that were adapted from poems - "The Clerk's Tale" and "Herbert White," both of which are 2010 releases.

Up to 12 students will be allowed to take the NYU course, which will be offered in the fall semester.

"We had talked about him teaching loosely for a couple of years," Tintori told Entertainment Weekly. "Then a couple of months ago he started telling me about a course that he'd like to do at some point down the road. And I said, 'Why not now?' So I did this thing that I really like to do with filmmakers who are talking about teaching, which is to just go ahead and put them on the schedule."

It was reported earlier this year that Franco planned to teach a class based on his career at Columbia College Hollywood in Tarzana, California, but would speak to students mostly via the Skype video call network.

Other celebrities who have attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts include "Dexter" actor Michael C. Hall, Debra Messing, "LOST" star Daniel Dae Kim, Christopher Guest, Marcia Gay Harden, John C. McGinley, "The Office" actor Rainn Wilson and pop singer Lady Gaga.

Franco rose to fame with the "Spider-Man" films and was nominated for an Academy Award earlier this year for his main role in "127 Hours," which depicts the true story of a hiker who amputates his own arm to survive.

He can be seen next in the fantasy comedy movie "Your Highness," which stars Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, "Eastbound & Down" star Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel. Check out a trailer below.

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