This Is Not a Joke—James Franco Really Is Joining General Hospital

The Golden Globe winner and movie star will guest star on ABC's hit soap opera in November

By Megan Masters Oct 01, 2009 6:55 PMTags

While we here at Team WWK don't make a habit out of reporting daytime television scoop, we just couldn't resist this one.

That's right, tubers: Golden Globe winner, Judd Apatow muse and former Freaks and Geeks heartthrob James Franco is set to join the soapy goodness that is General Hospital!

A network rep confirms the addition to E! News, telling us that James' multi-episiode stint begins airing Nov. 20.

James' character steers clear of the hospital, though, opting instead to go toe-to-toe with resident mob thug and G.H. superstar Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), says Fancast.

No official word on why the Pineapple Express star took the gig, but sources tell ABC Soaps In Depth that the movie star "wants to do everything" throughout his career. Franco is scheduled to be on set one day a week, filming several episodes at a time.

Don't get us wrong—any chance to see more James on the small screen is always welcome. We're just a little surprised by the Funny or Die dude's latest career move. Hey, if they keep this up, we might just have to make General Hospital one of our regulars from now on.


Talk about the biggest TV Celebrity Stunt Casting in years!