Franco, Maxie and Sonny. (ABC)

James Franco previews his role on GH.

Updated November 12: In an interview with Movieline, James Franco’s frequent artistic collaborator, Carter, explained the reason for the movie star’s move to Daytime.

In the article Carter stated, “Yeah, it’s for several different things. It was an idea that I posed to him, and it’s tied to another film that he and I are working on now. It’s not specifically for another project, because I know that he’s really enjoying the challenge of working on a soap — it’s a very taxing job, and an interesting thing for him to be doing — but it does have to do with another film that he and I are working on.”

He couldn’t get into specifics, but described it as, “a feature film that’s gonna be pretty abstract, for a larger audience.”

Updated November 10: Here are a couple more photos of James playing Franco. Also, check out the video clip preview of who James Franco will interact with on GH.

Updated November 5: In an article on TV Guide Magazine, it was previewed that James Franco’s character’s name will be Franco, he’ll be connected to the C077X graffiti tag and ‘He’s a psychotic yet self-deprecating artist who is fixated on death and will zero in on Jason Morgan’.

Steve Burton (Jason) was quoted as saying in the article, “Franco is fascinated with Jason and what he does for a living—he thinks they both love death and are essentially the same kind of guy. But then Jason refuses to meet with him and that’s when things start to go south.”

“GH” head writer Bob Guza also teased, “We’re mixing James up with as many of our major characters as possible and creating a big umbrella story that will continue to play out after he’s gone. He’s very excited and wants to do more. There’s a very good chance he’ll be back.”

Updated November 4: Here’s a look at James Franco on set as he filmed his first scenes on October 30.

Updated October 1: According to TV Guide Magazine, James Franco himself came to the show with the idea for him to be on the ABC Soap, as he was interested in trying out a ‘grueling daytime drama’.