James Franco “pulls out” of Houston creative writing program

HOUSTON – Academy Award nominated actor James Franco will not be attending the University of Houston this coming Fall as previously reported.

The actor, who was scheduled to enter the Ph.D program in Literature and Creative Writing this September, has “pulled out of Houston,” a University of Houston official told BackstageOL.

Franco was accepted into the Literature and Creative Writing program at the University of Houston last April. After the announcement of Franco’s acceptance, the program’s director, James Kastely, told the Houston Chronicle that only 20 students are chosen from over 400 applicants each year. Around half of the students accepted are in the doctoral program.

Why the sudden change of heart?

“I don’t think he was ever really coming,” said the university official. “It was a good news story for awhile.”

The Milk star is currently gearing up for his role on the Nick at Nite’s upcoming telenovela Hollywood Heights after signing a multi-episode deal. The show, about a shy girl who becomes a pop star after winning a singing competition, will premiere in June and air five nights a week.

Further details about Franco’s role on the show have not been released.

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