James Franco joining 'General Hospital.' Yes, that James Franco.

jamesfranco_290.jpgJames Franco is joining the cast of "General Hospital" for an extended guest run starting in November. No foolin'.

Franco, who's starred in the "Spider-Man" movies, "Pineapple Express" and "Milk," will make his first appearance on the ABC soap on Nov. 20.

The network is keeping most of the details about his character under wraps, but ABC does say that he's destined to make Jason's (Steve Burton) life "a living hell." Franco and Burton, by the way, are represented by the same management company, James/Levy.

"We are thrilled to announce that James Franco will play an integral part in a lengthy run on 'General Hospital' this fall," executive producer Jill Farren Phelps says. "It's an honor that an actor of James' caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles."

ABC also says that it was Franco who approached the show about guest-starring, rather than the other way around.

Whatever Franco's reasons for seeking the "General Hospital" part, it's not for lack of other work. He has two movies -- the comedy "Date Night" and "Howl," in which he plays Beat poet Allen Ginsberg -- due for release next year and is attached to a couple other projects as well.

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