Selena Gomez will be joining the cast of James Franco’s upcoming John Steinbeck film-adaptation ‘In Dubious Battle’. Gomez joins Franco, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride in the production. James Franco is set to both star and direct the feature, financed through That’s Hollywood Pictures Productions, Rabbit Bandini Productions and AMBI Group.

AMBI’s Andrea Iervolino “I am very inspired by James’ work and cannot wait to collaborate with him on this project with these remarkable artists.” He then added, “This film will be stunning portrait of strife and violence and bringing it to life with such a remarkably talented cast fortifies our belief that we are creating a classic.”

James Franco recently starred in the film “I Am Michael”, a film that he also directed which just premiered during this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Franco recently starred in another John Steinbeck classic; ‘Of Mice and Men.’ Franco starred alongside Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway production, both actors received terrific reviews for their performances. The story of ‘In Dubious Battle’ takes place in California during the 1930s. In the novel, migrant workers of an Apple Orchard move from simple strike, to a blatant war against their employers. The story tells of the hardship of the lower-class, the dangers of the working-class in industrialized America, and the story of one man’s realization of the struggle of these two populations.

The novel was first published in 1936, and is considered to be Steinbeck’s first major novel. In the film Franco will be playing the role of Jim Nolan. Production on the film is set to begin this spring, Matt Rager will be writing the adaptation.

“I am very inspired by James’ work and cannot wait to collaborate with him on this project with these remarkable artists,” said AMBI’s Andrea Iervolino. “This film will be stunning portrait of strife and violence and bringing it to life with such a remarkably talented cast fortifies our belief that we are creating a classic.”