December 5, 2007 / 9:28 AM / 10 years ago

Brolin, Hirsch, Franco got "Milk" roles

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and James Franco are in final negotiations to join Sean Penn in a movie about Harvey Milk, the country’s first openly gay elected official.

“Milk,” from director Gus Van Sant, stars Penn in the title role as a San Francisco city supervisor who was assassinated in 1978 by a political rival.

Brolin will play the rival, Dan White, who shot both Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to death at City Hall. Hirsch has been cast as Milk’s political ally Cleve Jones, a gay-rights activist who went on to found the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Franco will play Scott Smith, Milk’s lover and campaign manager.

Principal photography is set to begin in January in San Francisco. Focus Features will distribute worldwide.

Brolin is in theaters with both “No Country For Old Men” and “American Gangster” and Hirsch with the Penn-directed “Into the Wild.” Franco co-starred in “Spider-Man 3” and “In the Valley of Elah.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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