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OTRC: James Franco too busy for Broadway debut

James Franco talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the Hollywood premiere of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'

James Franco is just too busy for Broadway.

The actor has decided to drop out of a planned production of the play "Sweet Bird of Youth," his publicist said, according to the Associated Press.

The play, which tells the story of a gigolo who tries to help an aging actress get back in the movie business, would have marked Franco's Broadway debut.

It was expected to be very popular because he was to be paired with Nicole Kidman, who is still signed on for the production.

In addition to his acting, Franco is working toward a doctorate degree in English at Yale University.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Franco plans to pursue a second PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

The busy actor appears in the film, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." He can also be seen in the new movie "Oz the Great and Powerful" alongside Mila Kunis and Zach Braff and will appear in at least one upcoming episode of the ABC soap opera "General Hospital." The actor has appeared on the show on and off since 2009.

Franco rose to fame on Judd Apatow's TV series "Freaks and Geeks." He earned an Oscar nomination for his role in the 2010 movie "127 Hours" and also appeared in the 2011 fantasy comedy film "Your Highness."

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