There's more A-list casting goodness for Gus Van Sant's Milk, the late-70s biographical drama about San Francisco's beloved openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk, an American civics story that probably wouldn't have two major, competing productions in the pipeline had Milk and then-S.F. Mayor George Moscone not been shot to death at City Hall by political rival Dan White. Reports THR:
[Josh] Brolin will play Dan White, the rival politician and supervisor who shot Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to death at City Hall.
[Emile] Hirsch has been cast as gay rights activist Cleve Jones, an intern and close ally of Milk's, who went on to found the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. [James] Franco will play Scott Smith, Milk's lover and campaign manager.
To clarify, it appears Brolin will be taking over from Matt Damon in the Twinkie-defense-pleading pivotal role of assassin White, Sean Penn remains intact as Milk, while Bryan Singer's take on the story, The Mayor of Castro Street, remains in "active development," according to The Studio System, with assassinated gay municipal politicians currently taking a back seat to Nazi resistance fighters and Kryptonian samaritans who accidentally get their girlfriends pregnant before disappearing from the planet for about 5 years.