Pic is based on collection of short stories by James Franco

After making a name for himself as the star of Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band,” 17-year-old thesp Nat Wolff has booked one of the lead roles in the considerably darker indie pic “Palo Alto,” which is based on the collection of short stories by James Franco.

Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, is writing and directing the indie pic, which Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette of Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Prods. banner are producing along with Sebastian Pardo.

Set in the titular California city, story follows a group of teenagers who have little to do except get into trouble.

Wolff has been tapped to play Fred, a gangly teen with a history of getting into car accidents after smoking pot with his pals.

After supporting turns in Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve” and Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,” Wolff has been booking more substantial feature roles of late. He co-stars alongside Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins in the indie “Writers,” which just preemed at Toronto, and recently filmed a lead role opposite Selena Gomez in the indie comedy “Feed the Dog.” Thesp also wrapped Paul Weitz’s comedy “Admission” with Paul Rudd and Tina Fey, which hits theaters March 8.

The son of “thirtysomething” thesp Polly Draper, Wolff is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

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