Is James Franco Joining The 'Twilight' Cast?

Actor shows up for Esquire interview holding Stephenie Meyer book, saying, 'It's for a project.'

What's fun about James Franco is that you never know what to expect from him. He might pop up in some self-deprecating Funny or Die videos, or play a pillow-obsessed weirdo on "30 Rock," or appear as a serial killer on "General Hospital." Heck, the guy is starring in the latest reworking of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise.

He keeps you guessing. So what are we to make of this new Esquire interview, in which Franco hints he's getting involved with "Twilight"? When the interviewer first meets the 32-year-old actor, he's cradling a paperback that he reluctantly admits is the first volume in Stephenie Meyer's vampire series, saying, "It's for a project."

Does that mean he could be joining the cast of "Breaking Dawn," which is set to begin filming in the fall? Or is this mysterious project just about vampires or teenage drama? A rep for Franco did not return MTV News' request for comment by press time.

All we can say for certain, at this point, is that Franco is a fan of the book. "It's crazy how much sexual tension there is," he said. "It just builds and builds. I mean it never stops. It's sort of explosive by the end. Crazy. Like they'll blow up with it. And of course, they don't. Which is the point too, I guess."

Franco did say that the project was "way, way off" and only "something I'm thinking about," so Twi-hards should proceed with their Franco dreams with caution.

Whether or not he joins the "Twilight" cast, it's funny to note that his brother, Dave, actually auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen. And he's not sorry he lost out on the part to Robert Pattinson.

"I don't want that kind of fame," the younger Franco said. "Hell no. I don't like the idea of losing my anonymity and not having a personal life."

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