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In Dubbious Battle
In Dubious Battle
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Produced by James Franco
Andrea Iervolino
Vince Jolivette
Scott Reed
Ron Singer
Iris Torres
Main cast
  • James Franco
    Nat Wolff
    Vincent D'Onofrio
    Selena Gomez
    Robert Duvall
    Bryan Cranston
    Ed Harris
    Josh Hutcherson
    Sam Shepard
    Zach Braff
Country of origin United States of America
Release date Fall 2016

In Dubious Battle is an upcoming drama film directed by and produced by James Franco, based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, with a screenplay by Matt Rager. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Franco, Nat Wolff, Josh Hutcherson, Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Analeigh Tipton, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, and Robert Duvall. The film gets caught up in the labor movement for fruit workers in California during the 1930s.


Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), an activist for "the Party" organizes a major strike for apple pickers in California in the 1930s.


  • James Franco as Mac McLeod
  • Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan
  • Vincent D'Onofrio as Al Anderson
  • Selena Gomez as Lisa
  • Robert Duvall as Chris Bolton
  • Bryan Cranston as Sheriff
  • Ed Harris as Joy
  • Josh Hutcherson as Vinne
  • Sam Shepard as Mr. Anderson
  • Zach Braff as Connor
  • Ahna O'Reilly as Edith "Edie" Malone
  • Analeigh Tipton as Vera
  • Scott Haze as Frank
  • Alex Morf as Burke
  • Danny McBride as Tramp
  • Jacob Loeb as Paul
  • Keegan Allen as Eddie
  • Ashley Greene as Danni Stevens
  • John Savage



On January 30, 2015, it was announced that James Franco would not only direct the film but star in it too. Also cast was Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, and Danny McBride has joined the production.[1]

On March 16, 2015, Nat Wolff was cast in the lead role of Jim Nolan, the organizer of the strike by apple pickers in California.[2] In the next two days, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, John Savage, Ashley Greene, and Ahna O'Reilly would join the currently film production.[3][4] Several days later on March 24, 2015, it was announced that Scott Haze has been cast as Frank.[5]


Principal photography began on March 19, 2015 in Atlanta, filming also took place in Bostwick, Georgia.[6][4][7] Production on the film ended in April 2015.[8]

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