Dave Franco Nabs Lead Role in Sony’s ‘The Intern’s Handbook’

By May 16, 2014

Dave Franco has made a name for himself co-starring in hit shows like “Greek,” “Privileged,” and “Scrubs” as well as films like The Lego Movie, Fright Night, 21 (and 22) Jump Street, Now You See Me, and the current summer hit, Neighbors.

Now, according to THR, Sony’s going to give him the brass ring with his first lead role in the adaptation of Shane Kuhn’s 2014 novel The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller, with the script to be written by 22 Jump Street‘s Oren Uziel.


Here’s the lowdown on Handbook from Amazon:

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

At the ripe old age of almost twenty-five, John Lago is already New York City’s most successful hit man. He’s also an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, clocking eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all the grunt work actual employees are too lazy to do. He was hired to assas­sinate one of the firm’s heavily guarded partners. His internship provides the perfect cover, enabling him to gather intel and gain access to pull off a clean, untraceable hit.

Part confessional, part DIY manual, The Intern’s Handbook chronicles John’s final assignment, a twisted thrill ride in which he is pitted against the toughest—and sexiest—adversary he’s ever faced: Alice, an FBI agent assigned to take down the same law partner he’s been assigned to kill.

Producer Neil Moritz of Original Film (who brought the Jump Street films to life) says of Franco, “We really feel like he’s the next star. We just think he has immense talent as a leading man, and he’s someone who can do humor. He’s paid his dues. He’s built a great resume of co-starring roles, and he’s ready to be a lead. He’s not some guy being plucked from nowhere and told he’s the next big thing.”

Pretty amazing turnaround, seeing as the book itself was released April 8th. For those of you that hate math, that’s right around five weeks ago with pull quotes on the back cover calling Handbook “‘Dexter’ meets Office Space,” and “Tarantino funny.”

No director is attached as of yet, so until then, I just found the next thing to add to my “must read” summer book list.

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  • Dave Franco does a great job in Neighbors, so I’m excited to see him get his shot at the big time with a lead role.