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Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join James Franco in “JT LeRoy,” a behind-the-scenes look at the story of the literary hoax.

Justin Kelly, who directed Franco in “I Am Michael,” will direct the film from his own script, based on the memoir and life rights of Savannah Kroop, who was identified in 2006 as the person who portrayed JT LeRoy — a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.

LBI Entertainment, Aquarius and Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions are producing, while Aquarius is providing equity financing. International rights are being sold at the Berlin Film Festival by Fortitude International.

Producers are planning on starting to shoot this summer.

Amazon acquired the documentary “Author: The J.T. Leroy” at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The film looks at how Laura Albert, a San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, created JT Leroy.

“I Am Michael” centered on Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounced homosexuality after he became a Christian pastor.

Stewart was most recently seen in Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” which premiered at Sundance.

Franco stars in the Hulu TV miniseries “11.22.63” and the upcoming comedy “Why Him?” alongside Bryan Cranston and Zoey Deutch. Carter will appear next in Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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