February 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Kristen Stewart and Bonham Carter join James Franco in transgender hoax biopic
(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join James Franco in the cast of “JT Leroy”, the biopic about a cis woman who pretended to be a transgender author.

The movie will tell the true story of a woman, Laura Albert, who pretended to be a man who identified as transgender in her writing. The novel “Sarah” was about his supposed rough life on the streets and believed to be a memoir at the time. Another woman, Savanah Knoop, would physically impersonate Leroy during rare appearances fooling literary and celebrity circles.

The story was revealed to be a hoax in an investigative story for New York Magazine in 2005.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Franco is attached to the film while Stewart, who is up for the role of Knoop,  and Bonham Carter, who is up for the role of Albert, are in negotiations. Justin Kelly, who previously directed “I Am Michael,” will direct.

Shooting is set for this summer.

Sundance Film Festival premiered “Author: The JT Leroy Story”, a documentary about JT Leroy, last month.

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